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Biblical Terms In Contemporary English

written by: marcing
This quiz focuses on English words and phrases that have biblical origin. It's more a linguistic quiz than a biblical one.

Question 1:

What kind of person may you call "Judas"?
A person who committed suicide
A friend who betrayed you
A thief
Someone who follows you

Question 2:

Which of the following events can be referred to as an "Armageddon"?
The last gathering of a group of friends
A death of a charismatic leader
A battle between former allies
The last and completely destructive battle

Question 3:

Which use of "Goliath" is correct?
The local grocery successfully competed against the nearby Goliath supermaket
The FIFA 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy was like David against Goliath.
Switzerland is the Goliath of international politics.
Fiesta is a real Goliath among Ford's models.

Question 4:

How would you describe a "Samaritan"?
An egoist
A person who helps people in need
An enemy
A person who migrates to a foreign country

Question 5:

Who is the "salt of the earth"?
People who spread gossips
Decent, reliable people
All Christians
People who do not keep their word

Question 6:

Who can be best described as "doubting Thomas"?
A left-wing politician
Someone who believes only what he sees
Anyone who doesn't believe in God
A scientist (especially in physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology)

Question 7:

Which of the following can be described as a "prodigal son"?
The firstborn son
The youngest son in the family
A son that is very obedient and does dutifully everything his parents tell him
A young man who wastes his parents' money on parties

Question 8:

What does the sentence "Ann was the apple of Mark's eye" tell us about the relation between those two?
Ann hates Mark.
Mark hates Ann.
Ann is deeply in love with Mark.
Mark is deeply in love with Ann.

Question 9:

What characteristic is commonly attributed to King Solomon?

Question 10:

What message am I conveying, if I say "I don't know him from Adam"?
I know very little about the person.
The person is completely unknown to me.
In spite of the negative form, the idiom means that you know someone very well.
I don't know his true character.

Question 11:

What does the phrase "of biblical proportions" mean?
related to a flood
very sinful in its nature
of little importance
of a vast, enormous scale

Question 12:

If John knows Mary "in the biblical sense", what can we say about the pair?
Their parents decided about their marriage.
Mary is John's sister.
They have had sex.
They are in a Platonic relationship (ie. love, but no sex).


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