Quiz On 1 Maccabees

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In Jewish history, the Maccabees were the group of rebel warriors that took control of Judea, and founded the Hasmonenan dynasty. They reasserted the Jewish religion and expanded the boundaries of Judea by conquest. What do you know about them?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which ruler, who oppressed the Jewish people, was called a "sinful root"?
    • A. 

      Apollonius

    • B. 

      Antiochus Epiphanes

    • C. 

      Philip

    • D. 

      Nicanor

  • 2. 
    Mattathias was:
    • A. 

      A priest

    • B. 

      The governor of Modein

    • C. 

      A scribe

    • D. 

      A tax collector

  • 3. 
    Why did Mattathias and his sons tear their garments?
    • A. 

      The Jews were being asked to participate as allies in a Greek war

    • B. 

      The Jews disliked the Greek language

    • C. 

      The Greeks were now forcing the Jews to participate in the Olympics

    • D. 

      The Gentiles had profaned the Temple

  • 4. 
    What other circumstances made Mattathias and his sons rebel and go into the wilderness? 
    • A. 

      The command to forbid burnt offerings, profane sabbaths, build altars to idols commanding them to offer sacrifice, sacrifice swine, and leave their boys uncircumcised

    • B. 

      The command to fight for the Greek army

    • C. 

      The command to forbid burnt offerings, marry Greek women, build altars to idols, sacrifice swine, and leave their boys uncircumcised

    • D. 

      The presence of the desolating sacrfice, the tearing up of the books of the Law, and the killing of circumcised boys and their mothers

    • E. 

      Both a and b

    • F. 

      Both b and c

    • G. 

      Both a and d

  • 5. 
    How did the king's officers manage to kill some of the first group that went out to the wilderness?
    • A. 

      Superior numbers of soldiers

    • B. 

      They attacked them on the sabbath

    • C. 

      By a suprise military attack

    • D. 

      Victory in rock, paper, scissors

  • 6. 
    Which of Mattathias' sons are put in charge of the army?
    • A. 

      Jonathan

    • B. 

      Simon

    • C. 

      John

    • D. 

      Judas

  • 7. 
    What does the name "Maccabeus" mean?
    • A. 

      Hammer

    • B. 

      Warrior

    • C. 

      Valiant one

    • D. 

      Loyal to God

  • 8. 
    When Apollonius met Judas in battle in chapter 3, what happens?
    • A. 

      Judas is victorious and takes the sword of the dead Apollonius

    • B. 

      Judas suffers defeat because of his pride

    • C. 

      Judas is victorious and takes the breastplate of the dead Apollonius

    • D. 

      Judas and Apollonius call a truce

  • 9. 
    With what animal does Antiochus then send his general Lysias out against Judas?
    • A. 

      Elephants

    • B. 

      Wolves of isengard

    • C. 

      Horses

    • D. 

      Rabid squirrels

  • 10. 
    After Judas defeats Georgias, and then wins agains Lysias again in Chapter 4, why did they then rend their clothes, mourn, sprinkle themselves with ashes and fall face down on the ground?
    • A. 

      Because his brother Simon fell in battle

    • B. 

      It was Ash Wednesday

    • C. 

      One of their officers had offered sacrifice to a pagan idol

    • D. 

      They saw the sanctuary desecrated and the gates burned

  • 11. 
    What Jewish feast celebrates the purification and rededication of the temple?
    • A. 

      Purim

    • B. 

      Yom Kippur

    • C. 

      Hanukkah

    • D. 

      Rosh Hashanah

  • 12. 
    Which of the Maccabean brothers dies killing an elephant from underneath in battle?
    • A. 

      Eleazar

    • B. 

      John

    • C. 

      Judas

    • D. 

      Jonathan

  • 13. 
    At the end of chapter 6, Lysias removes himself peacefully and withdraws.  The Jews rejoice over this temporary victory.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    In Chapter 7, which gentile ruler/army commander mocked, spoke arrogantly and swore an oath in anger at the Jewish people, as they showed him the sacrifice that they were making for the king?
    • A. 

      Bacchides

    • B. 

      Antiochus

    • C. 

      Nicanor

    • D. 

      Lysias

  • 15. 
    What nation did Judas hear of, respect, and wish to make a treaty of alliance with?
    • A. 

      Rome

    • B. 

      Syria

    • C. 

      Greece

    • D. 

      Persia

  • 16. 
    When Judas dies in battle against Bacchides and Alcimus, which of the brothers do the people make their new leader?
    • A. 

      Jonathan

    • B. 

      Simon

    • C. 

      Mattathias

    • D. 

      John

  • 17. 
    After the Kings of Egypt and Syria vie with one another in buying Jonathan's loyalty, how does Jonathan finally meet his end?
    • A. 

      In battle against the King of Egypt

    • B. 

      By being tricked by Arias king of the Spartans

    • C. 

      By being tricked by Trypho

    • D. 

      By falling down a ravine

  • 18. 
    Who killed Simon and two of his sons and servants, and how did he kill him?
    • A. 

      Mrs. Peacock, in the study, with a candlestick

    • B. 

      Ptolemy, son-in-law of the high priest, while Simon and his sons were drunk

    • C. 

      Trypho, with a shot of an arrow to the heart

    • D. 

      Demetrius, by the sword

  • 19. 
    Why does it seem that Judas would win his battles, even when ridiculously outnumbered? Pick the best answer.
    • A. 

      He relied on the Lord and not on his own strength, and prayed

    • B. 

      He was a genius of military strategy.

    • C. 

      He was a mighty warrior.

    • D. 

      He was a lucky guy.

  • 20. 
    What do you take as the main reasons for some of the defeats of Judas and his brothers in their noble struggle for religious freedom?
    • A. 

      Being outnumbered in battles, pride, fighting among themselves, and lack of prayer

    • B. 

      Pride, lack of prayer, fighting among themselves, making pacts with the Gentiles

    • C. 

      Lack of prayer, making pacts with the Gentiles, pride, naivete

    • D. 

      Fighting amongst themselves, naivete, making pacts with the Gentiles. lack of prayer

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