Do You Actually Remember the Endings to These Old Testament Stories?


By: Tasha Moore

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

It's time to brush up on your Old Testament story endings with this cool Christian drill. Most of these stories you've heard before, like Cain and Abel, the creation tale, the great flood, Israelites' bail on Egypt, Moses and the Ten Commandments, etc. But do you really know the endings to these common biblical stories? Did Cain ultimately kill Abel, or did Abel kill Cain? Did Pharaoh eventually free the Israelites?

Did Noah repopulate a rather soggy Earth after the great flood, or did God choose someone less tipsy and more clothed? This quiz is Old-Testament-heavy because many of our most beloved stories from the Bible take place in that stretch of the Good Book. 

Are you familiar with the stories of Rahab, King Uzziah, Elisha, Haman and Hazael? Rahab was a huge asset to the Israelites; King Uzziah broke religious order and paid a heavy price; Elisha's prophetic power increased after his predecessor left Earth; Haman unknowingly planned his own death; and Hazael used shifty means to reign over Syria.

Now that you've had a proper review, scroll onward and behold the number of Old Testament story endings you actually remember!

An angel of the Lord led Lot, his wife and two daughters away from a smoldering Sodom and Gomorrah. Who did not survive the ordeal?

According to the nineteenth chapter in the book of Genesis, "The Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven." As an angel of God led Lot and his family out of the smoldering cities, Lot's wife looked back and "became a pillar of salt."


The Old Testament book of Genesis describes a flood that lasted 40 days and 40 nights. When it was all over, what did God reveal as a sign of His promise?

God advised Noah that He was going to cause a flood that would destroy the Earth and told Noah to build an ark so that he and his family would be saved. Noah did as God had instructed, including gathering clean as well as unclean animals into the ark for the voyage.


At the end of the creation story, what did God do on the seventh day?

God created the heavens and the Earth, its inhabitants and man in His own image. The first chapter of Genesis explains, "And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." The Bible teaches that God rested on the seventh day.


In his attempt to capture the city of Jericho, Joshua resolved to use trumpets and shouts as his weapons. What happened as a result?

The book of Joshua explains how the city of Jericho had been "straitly shut up because of the children of Israel." After Israelites marched around Jericho seven times, priests blew trumpets which signaled Israelites to shout a great shout, and ultimately Jericho's walls came down.


The twelfth chapter of the book of Genesis describes how God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. What or whom did Abraham ultimately sacrifice?

Genesis recounts how Abraham built an altar at Mount Moriah, arranged wood for the sacrifice, and bound his son Isaac before laying him on the altar. Later, an angel instructed Abraham to cease the sacrifice, saying, "Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him."


The children of Israel had escaped Egypt but complained bitterly to Moses and Aaron concerning a lack of the food they had enjoyed back in Egypt. Who eventually provided sustenance for the children of Israel during their journey?

Exodus recounts how "the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt." They "murmured against Moses and Aaron" for the lack of food. God promised that "at even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God."


Despite the new law against prayer, Daniel continued to pray toward Jerusalem three times daily. The king threw Daniel into the lion's den. Did Daniel survive this punishment?

The book of Daniel indicates that Daniel's enemies "cast him into the den of lions." Much to the king's astonishment, however, Daniel survived. The twenty-second verse of the same chapter confirms Daniel's subsequent message to King Darius: "God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths."


As commander of the Israelite army, Joshua sent two men to spy on Jericho. Jericho's king, having heard the men were in harlot Rahab's home, commanded that Rahab hand over the men. What did Rahab ultimately do?

The second book of Joshua specifies the king's order to Rahab: "Bring forth the men that are come to thee." The men promised to save her household when they returned, saying, "Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down."


Jonah had been rebellious to God and found himself in the belly of a fish. Jonah cried out to God in distress. What eventually happened to Jonah as a result?

God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to prophesy there against the wickedness of the people. But Jonah "rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord." Eventually, a "great fish" swallowed Jonah, who "was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."


In spite of the ten astonishing plagues that God sent to ravage Egypt, Pharaoh was faced with the momentous decision to either let the children of Israel leave or go after them. What did Pharaoh decide?

In Exodus, God speaks to Moses about Pharaoh, promising that He would "harden Pharaoh's heart." The children of Israel left Egypt and Pharaoh "made ready his chariot, and took his people with him," and "pursued after the children of Israel."


David went up against the Philistine giant Goliath with nothing but a sling and five smooth stones. Who won the battle?

David donned the brass armor that Saul had given him. Yet, David told the king, "I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them," according to the book of first Samuel. David then removed the armor, slang a stone from his bag and smote Goliath, "the Philistine, in his forehead."


Joseph's brothers showed their father, Jacob, Joseph's bloody coat. What did Jacob believe was Joseph's fate?

The thirty-seventh chapter in Genesis states that Jacob had made "a coat of many colors" for Joseph. His jealous brothers stripped Joseph of his coat, sold him into slavery and dipped the coat in goat's blood to show to their devastated father, who replied, "an evil beast hath devoured him."


God sent ten plagues to afflict Egypt for keeping the children of Israel in bondage. What was the tenth and final plague?

Exodus describes all plagues. The first, second, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth and tenth plagues were announced to Pharaoh beforehand; the remaining plagues occurred without notice.


For many years, the Israelites ran from the Midianites, their enemy. Did the Israelite judge Gideon decide to flee the Midianites as others before him had done?

For years, Israelites hid in caves because Midianites would take their harvest and leave them with no food. The book of Judges states that "the children of Israel cried unto the Lord" in distress. Gideon and his army assailed the Midianites with trumpets and empty pitchers.


King Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into a fiery furnace as punishment for not worshiping the king's golden image. When the king looked into the furnace, how many men did he see?

The third chapter in the book of Daniel states that the men were brought to the king and said, "We will not serve thy gods..." The king reacted to what he'd witnessed in the furnace, saying, "They have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."


Two disputing harlots went to King Solomon claiming that each had given birth to a child. One child died and both harlots claimed ownership of the child that lived. What did King Solomon say to solve the dispute?

The first harlot's "bowels yearned upon her son," and she said, "O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it." The second harlot said, "Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it." The king decided that the woman who had expressed compassion was the mother.


Job was a wealthy and upright man, but his faith was tested when God allowed Satan to curse him. What did Job receive at the end of his test of faith?

Job cursed his afflictions. The book of Job states that he "cursed his day." The forty-second chapter of Job, which is the last chapter of the book, illustrates how God "turned the captivity of Job" and "gave Job twice as much as he had before" his maladies.


In the Old Testament story of Jacob and Esau, Esau desired that his brother feed him some of his "red pottage." Jacob required Esau's birthright for the food. How did Esau respond to Jacob's request?

Genesis indicates that Esau "despised his birthright," complying with Jacob's request in exchange for "bread and pottage of lentils." The twenty-fifth chapter of Genesis describes the brothers as twins that "struggled together within" their mother Rebekah when she was pregnant.


Joseph's strange dreams infuriated his brothers, who ultimately mocked Joseph by calling him what name?

Joseph's brothers hated and rejected him for his dreams and for the fact that Jacob "loved Joseph more than all his children." The thirty-seventh chapter of Genesis recounts how "Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more."


After the great flood destroyed so much of the Earth and its inhabitants, who was chosen to repopulate the Earth?

The sixth chapter of Genesis states that Noah "found grace in the eyes of the Lord." God sought to destroy Earth's wickedness with flood waters, but regarding Noah, God said, "for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation."


In preparation for the flood, Noah did all that God had instructed. How long did the flood rains last?

The sixth chapter in Genesis details God's specific instructions to Noah for building the ark. The ark's length was "three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits." Noah also covered the ark inside and out with tar-like pitch.


What did Cain's jealousy for Abel cause him to do?

Cain and Abel were sons of Adam and Eve. The Bible describes Cain as a tiller of the ground and Abel as a keeper of sheep. Cain grew envious of Abel because God respected Abel's offering of firstlings from his flock, but God did not respect Cain's offering of fruit from the ground.


The Queen of Sheba had heard of Solomon's fame concerning God, so she tested him with difficult questions. At the end of the interrogation, what did the Queen conclude and say to Solomon?

The tenth chapter in the book of First Kings describes how the Queen of Sheba had "heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord," and she intended to test him. So the queen went to Solomon and "communed with him of all that was in her heart."


None of King Nebuchadnezzar's sorcerers, magicians or astrologers could interpret his troubling dreams. Who ultimately succeeded in doing so?

The king grew troubled by his dreams and "his sleep brake from him," as the book of Daniel states. Daniel and "his companions," Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, prayed unto God for clarity about a dream. The secret of the dream was "revealed unto Daniel in a night vision."


The Israelites went to bury one of their people, but were distracted and cast the man's remains in prophet Elisha's tomb. What happened to the man's remains?

In the book of second Kings at the thirteenth verse, the Israelites were distracted by a band of Moabites who typically raided Israel in the spring season. The Israelites cast the man's remains into Elisha's tomb in order to pursue the Moabites.


Because there was a drought in the land, God told Elijah to seek a widow of whom Elijah had requested her last morsels of nourishment. Did the widow's barrel and cruse cease providing nourishment?

The book of First Kings explains that, because of the drought, God told Elijah to stay with a widow so that he could sustain himself. Elijah accurately prophesied to the widow: "For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, the barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail."


The hand of a man appeared and wrote on a wall while King Belshazzar feasted with forbidden golden vessels in his possession. Of all who had tried, who was able to interpret the handwriting on the wall?

The king had ordered that the vessels be taken out of the house of God. Daniel read the writing as: "MENE," God has numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. "TEKEL," Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. "UPHARSIN," Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.


Haman was an enemy of the Jews who sought to destroy them utterly. Who ultimately spoiled his plot?

Haman had built a gallows to hang Mordecai, a Jew and relative of Queen Esther. The queen had arranged a banquet for her husband and Haman, whose plot she exposed to King Ahasuerus. For his secret crimes, the king ordered that Haman be hung in the gallows, according to the seventh chapter in Esther.


Torrential rains flooded the Earth for 40 days and 40 nights, but do you know how long the floodwaters remained on the Earth?

The seventh chapter of the book of Genesis specifies that "fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered." The same chapter confirms how "every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground."


In her old age, Sarah, Abraham's wife, doubted that she could give birth, so she arranged that Abraham conceive with her handmaid Hagar. Two sons, Isaac and Ishmael, were born of the ordeal. Who was Isaac's mother?

Genesis states that Abraham was fourscore and six years old when Hagar bare Ishmael. However, God promised to establish His covenant with the son to whom Sarah was to give birth. Genesis specifies God's words: "But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee."


King Hezekiah was mortally ill. Prophet Isaiah told him that he would die and not live, and gave the king a choice of setting the shadow "forth ten degrees, or go back ten degrees." What did the king choose?

The twentieth chapter of the book of Second Kings shows how God did as Prophet Isaiah had prayed on behalf of King Hezekiah. Verse eleven confirms that God "brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz."


While Moses received the Ten Commandments, the children of Israel began worshiping other gods, which angered both Moses and God. Which tribe sided with Moses and God against the people?

After Aaron made a calf from gold, he proclaimed "These be thy gods, O Israel," as stated in the book of Exodus in the thirty-second chapter. Moses destroyed the calf, and the twenty-sixth verse in the chapter states that Moses "stood in the gate of the camp, and said, 'Who is on the Lord's side?'"


As long as King Uzziah sought God, he prospered. Pride swayed the king to burn incense on an altar, a task reserved solely for priests. What happened to the king as a result?

Priest Azariah "went in after [the king], and with him fourscore priests," according to second Chronicles. The priests reminded Uzziah, "It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the Lord." Then Uzziah "was leprous in his forehead, and [the priests] thrust him out from thence."


Right before the prophet Elijah was to be translated to heaven in a whirlwind, Elisha requested to receive a double portion of the prophet's spirit. What did Elijah leave for Elisha to prove that his request had been honored?

In Second Kings, Elijah persuaded Elisha not to travel with him during his translation. He implored Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for thee." When Elijah went to heaven, he left behind his mantle. Elisha took the mantle and smote the waters of Jordan, which "parted hither and thither."


King Ben-hadad of Syria was ill and sent Hazael, his high-ranking official, to seek out help from Prophet Elisha, who predicted the king's fate, which was what?

In the eighth chapter of second Kings, Elisha tells Hazael, "The Lord hath shewed me that thou shalt be king," in spite of Hazael's denial. Hazael advised the king that he would recover, but Hazael soon "took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and spread it on [the king's] face," killing him.


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