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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"?
Someone who follows you
A person who committed suicide
A thief
A friend who betrayed you

Question 2:

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

Question 3:

Which use of "Goliath" is correct?
Switzerland is the Goliath of international politics.
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.
Fiesta is a real Goliath among Ford's models.

Question 4:

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

Question 5:

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

Question 6:

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

Question 7:

Which of the following can be described as a "prodigal son"?
A son that is very obedient and does dutifully everything his parents tell him
A young man who wastes his parents' money on parties
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?
Ann is deeply in love with Mark.
Mark hates Ann.
Ann hates 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"?
In spite of the negative form, the idiom means that you know someone very well.
I know very little about the person.
I don't know his true character.
The person is completely unknown to me.

Question 11:

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

Question 12:

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


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