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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 thief
A person who committed suicide
A friend who betrayed you
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 battle between former allies
The last and completely destructive battle
A death of a charismatic leader

Question 3:

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

Question 4:

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

Question 5:

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

Question 6:

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

Question 7:

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

Question 8:

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

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.
I don't know his true character.
In spite of the negative form, the idiom means that you know someone very well.
The person is completely unknown to me.

Question 11:

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

Question 12:

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


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