Unit 3b. Exam: Samuel, Saul, David, Solomon

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Short Answer: What were the 3 annointed offices? Explain how Samuel fulfilled each one. (6 points)

  • 2. 

    Short Answer: Were the Israelites fulfilling God’s original plan for Israel when they asked Samuel for a King in 1 Samuel 8? Explain. (4 points)

  • 3. 

    Short Answer: What overarching themes for the books of 1 and 2 Samuel are introduced in Hannah’s poem? (2 points)

  • 4. 

    Essay Question: What makes David a man after God’s own heart? Why is Saul not a man after God’s own heart? Give 3 specific (aka, don’t just say “David was kind and Saul was evil”) examples from the text in answering each question. (10 points)

  • 5. 

    Extra Credit (up to 4 points): Read the Psalm below and answer the following questions in the box provided.
    1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Questions:
    1. What did David write this Psalm in response to? (1 point)
    2. Why does David say God does not “delight in sacrifice” or “take pleasure in burnt offerings” in verse 16, but then sayds God will “delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole” in verse 19? (3 points)

  • 6. 

    David was chosen to be king based on his family status.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that David was chosen to be king based on his family status, but the correct answer is False. This means that David was not chosen to be king solely based on his family status. There might have been other factors or qualifications that played a role in his selection as king.

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  • 7. 

    Saul’s son, Jonathon, helps Saul hunt down David. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement contradicts the biblical account where Jonathan, Saul's son, was a close friend and ally of David, not someone who helped Saul hunt him down. Therefore, the answer is false.

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  • 8. 

    As a young boy, the voice Samuel heard calling to him three times in the night was Eli’s.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement states that the voice Samuel heard calling to him three times in the night was Eli's. However, this is not true. In the biblical story, Samuel hears a voice calling to him in the night, but initially mistakes it for Eli's voice. After realizing it is God calling him, Samuel responds to the voice. Therefore, the correct answer is False as the voice Samuel heard was not Eli's.

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  • 9. 

    David defends himself when Nathan confronts him about his adultery with Bathsheeba and murder of Uriah.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false because in the biblical story, David does not defend himself when confronted by Nathan about his adultery with Bathsheeba and murder of Uriah. Instead, David acknowledges his sins and expresses remorse for his actions. He accepts responsibility for his wrongdoing and seeks forgiveness from God.

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  • 10. 

    Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Solomon's greatness in riches and wisdom is supported by biblical accounts. In the Bible, it is mentioned that Solomon was blessed with immense wealth and wisdom by God. He was known for his extravagant lifestyle, the construction of the magnificent temple in Jerusalem, and his renowned wisdom in resolving disputes. Therefore, it can be concluded that Solomon was indeed greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.

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  • 11. 

    David kills Saul when given the opportunity.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement states that David kills Saul when given the opportunity, but the correct answer is False. This means that David did not kill Saul when given the opportunity.

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  • 12. 

    Saul death is the result of his enemies killing him in battle 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that Saul's death was caused by his enemies killing him in battle. However, this is not true. According to biblical accounts, Saul actually died by falling on his own sword after being critically wounded in battle. This act was a result of his despair and fear of being captured alive by his enemies. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 13. 

    David and Solomon sinned in ways that would have far-reaching, generational effects, and would eventually lead to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    David and Solomon, two significant figures in biblical history, committed sins that had long-lasting consequences. These sins ultimately resulted in the downfall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple. Their actions and choices had a profound impact not only on their own lives but also on the future generations and the nation as a whole. This answer suggests that the statement is true, indicating that the sins of David and Solomon indeed had far-reaching effects that eventually led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.

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  • 14. 

    The most important anointed office was that of king.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that among all the anointed offices, the position of king holds the highest significance. This implies that the role of a king was considered to be the most important and powerful among all the anointed positions.

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  • 15. 

    Samuel, Saul, David transitioned Israel from a group of tribes ruled by judges into a unified kingdom ruled by kings from Jerusalem. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because Samuel, Saul, and David played significant roles in transitioning Israel from a group of tribes ruled by judges into a unified kingdom ruled by kings from Jerusalem. Samuel was a prophet and judge who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. However, Saul's reign was marred by disobedience, and David was chosen by God as his successor. David successfully established Jerusalem as the capital and unified the tribes of Israel under his rule, laying the foundation for a centralized monarchy.

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  • 16. 

    What did not contribute to Solomon’s downward slide? 

    • A.

      Using slave labor to build his palace and the temple

    • B.

      Marrying 700 women

    • C.

      Worshipping foreign gods

    • D.

      Consulting a medium (psychic)

    Correct Answer
    A. Using slave labor to build his palace and the temple
    Explanation
    Solomon's downward slide was not contributed by using slave labor to build his palace and the temple. This answer implies that the use of slave labor did not have a negative impact on Solomon's decline.

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  • 17. 

    Which is not a way David’s sons repeated the sins of their father? 

    • A.

      Committed sexual sin

    • B.

      Committed murder

    • C.

      Rebelled against the king

    Correct Answer
    C. Rebelled against the king
    Explanation
    David's sons repeating the sins of their father refers to them committing the same actions or behaviors that David himself had done. In this case, committing sexual sin and murder are examples of sins that David himself had committed. However, rebelling against the king is not specifically mentioned as a sin that David had committed, therefore it is not a way in which his sons repeated his sins.

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  • 18. 

    What is not a consequence of David’s decisions? 

    • A.

      His family and kingdom fall apart

    • B.

      Uriah is murdered

    • C.

      David's baby son dies

    • D.

      Bathsheeba becomes barren

    Correct Answer
    D. Bathsheeba becomes barren
    Explanation
    The consequence of David's decisions was that his family and kingdom fell apart, Uriah was murdered, and David's baby son died. However, Bathsheeba becoming barren is not mentioned as a consequence of David's decisions.

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  • 19. 

    What does Solomon ask God for?

    • A.

      Wisdom

    • B.

      Power

    • C.

      Wealth

    • D.

      Many descendants

    Correct Answer
    A. Wisdom
    Explanation
    Solomon asks God for wisdom. This is evident from the biblical account in 1 Kings 3:5-14, where Solomon prays to God and asks for an understanding heart to discern between good and evil and to govern the people of Israel with wisdom. He acknowledges his own inadequacy and seeks God's guidance in ruling the nation. Solomon's request for wisdom is granted by God, and he becomes renowned for his wise judgments and knowledge.

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  • 20. 

    Zion is another name for....

    • A.

      David

    • B.

      The nation of Israel

    • C.

      The city of Jerusalem

    • D.

      The Mount of Olives

    Correct Answer
    C. The city of Jerusalem
    Explanation
    Zion is often used as a poetic and symbolic name for the city of Jerusalem. It has deep historical and religious significance, representing the spiritual and national homeland of the Jewish people. Throughout history, Jerusalem has been referred to as Zion in various religious texts and songs. Therefore, the correct answer is the city of Jerusalem.

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  • 21. 

    Before becoming king, David was not a...

    • A.

      Shepherd boy

    • B.

      Farmer

    • C.

      Soldier

    • D.

      Musician

    Correct Answer
    B. Farmer
    Explanation
    Before becoming king, David was not a farmer. This is evident from the fact that David was famously known as a shepherd boy, as mentioned in the Bible. He was chosen by God to be the future king of Israel and was anointed by the prophet Samuel. David's skills as a shepherd, soldier, and musician are well-documented, but there is no mention of him being a farmer before becoming king.

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  • 22. 

    The Israel-Philistine-Ark of the Covenant debacle illustrated that...

    • A.

      God is not Israel's trophy

    • B.

      Israel had a stronger army than the Philistines

    • C.

      God opposes pride only when it is exhibited by Israel’s enemies

    • D.

      God would never let the Ark of the Covenant leave Israel

    Correct Answer
    A. God is not Israel's trophy
    Explanation
    The Israel-Philistine-Ark of the Covenant debacle illustrated that God is not Israel's trophy. This means that God is not a possession to be used for personal gain or to boost one's ego. The incident with the Ark of the Covenant showed that God cannot be controlled or manipulated by humans, and that He does not exist to serve their purposes. Instead, God demands reverence, obedience, and humility from His people. This event serves as a reminder that God is not to be treated as a mere object or symbol of power, but rather as a holy and sovereign being.

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  • 23. 

    The prophet chosen to anoint Israel's first king was:

    • A.

      Joshua

    • B.

      Samuel

    • C.

      Eli

    • D.

      David

    Correct Answer
    B. Samuel
    Explanation
    Samuel was chosen to anoint Israel's first king. In the Bible, Samuel was a prophet and judge who played a crucial role in the transition of Israel from a theocracy to a monarchy. He anointed Saul as the first king of Israel, following God's instructions. Samuel's obedience and close relationship with God made him the ideal choice for this significant task.

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  • 24. 

    The definition of "anointed" is...

    • A.

      To be able to see the future

    • B.

      To be the cup-bearer for the king

    • C.

      To belong to the royal family

    • D.

      To be set-apart for God's service

    Correct Answer
    D. To be set-apart for God's service
    Explanation
    The term "anointed" refers to being chosen or consecrated for a specific purpose, often related to religious or spiritual service. In this context, being "set-apart for God's service" means being selected or designated for a sacred role or duty in service to God. It implies being chosen and empowered by a higher authority for a divine purpose, indicating a special and elevated status.

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  • 25. 

    Who consults a medium at Endor and conjures up Samuel?

    • A.

      Solomon

    • B.

      David

    • C.

      Saul

    • D.

      Jonathon

    Correct Answer
    C. Saul
    Explanation
    Saul consults a medium at Endor and conjures up Samuel. This event is mentioned in the Bible, specifically in the book of 1 Samuel. Saul seeks guidance from the deceased prophet Samuel, as he is desperate for advice and direction. Despite the prohibition of consulting mediums or practicing witchcraft, Saul seeks out the medium at Endor and manages to communicate with Samuel through her. This encounter plays a significant role in Saul's downfall and eventual death in battle.

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  • 26. 

    Who built the temple in Jerusalem

    • A.

      David

    • B.

      Solomon

    • C.

      Saul

    • D.

      Samuel

    Correct Answer
    B. Solomon
    Explanation
    Solomon is the correct answer because he is known for building the temple in Jerusalem. In the Bible, it is mentioned that Solomon, the son of David, constructed the First Temple, also known as Solomon's Temple, in Jerusalem. This temple was a significant religious and cultural center for the Israelites. Solomon's construction of the temple is considered a major achievement in biblical history.

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  • 27. 

    Whose story shows us that it is crucial we reflect on our own character flaws so we don't hurt ourselves and other people?

    • A.

      Samuel

    • B.

      Saul

    • C.

      Eli

    • D.

      Hannah

    Correct Answer
    B. Saul
    Explanation
    Saul's story shows us the importance of reflecting on our own character flaws to avoid hurting ourselves and others. Saul, as the first king of Israel, started out with great potential but allowed his pride and disobedience to lead him astray. His inability to acknowledge and address his character flaws ultimately resulted in his downfall and the loss of his kingship. This serves as a lesson for us to be self-aware and humble, constantly evaluating our actions and attitudes to prevent harm to ourselves and those around us.

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  • 28. 

    Who is Israel's arch-nemesis in the books of Samuel and Kings (our stories this unit)?

    • A.

      Philistines

    • B.

      Moabites

    • C.

      Samarians

    • D.

      Egyptians

    Correct Answer
    A. Philistines
    Explanation
    In the books of Samuel and Kings, the arch-nemesis of Israel is the Philistines. Throughout these books, the Philistines are portrayed as a constant threat to the Israelites, engaging in battles and conflicts with them. They are depicted as a powerful and formidable enemy, often oppressing and conquering the Israelites. The Philistines are mentioned in various stories and events, such as the famous battle between David and Goliath. Their presence and antagonistic relationship with Israel make them the clear arch-nemesis in these biblical books.

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  • 29. 

    The author of Samuel puts forth which two people as character studies for us to reflect on ourselves through (hint: a “foil”)?

    • A.

      David and Jonathon

    • B.

      Saul and David

    • C.

      Samuel and Saul

    • D.

      Samuel and David

    Correct Answer
    B. Saul and David
    Explanation
    In the book of Samuel, the author presents Saul and David as character studies for readers to reflect on themselves. These two individuals serve as foils, highlighting each other's contrasting qualities and actions. Saul, the first king of Israel, represents a flawed and insecure leader who fails to obey God's commands. On the other hand, David, who becomes the next king, is portrayed as a faithful and courageous individual who seeks God's will. By comparing these two characters, readers are encouraged to examine their own strengths and weaknesses, and to strive for righteousness and obedience.

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  • 30. 

    Check the box below to commit to academic integrity while taking this test.

    • A.

      I am taking this test with no resources besides by own brain (no notes, texting a friend, etc.)

    • B.

      I am cheating on this test.

    Correct Answer
    A. I am taking this test with no resources besides by own brain (no notes, texting a friend, etc.)

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