Do you remember the 1956 classic, "The Ten Commandments"?
By: Lenore Brown
About This Quiz
Let my people go! The classic Biblical story of Moses leading the Hebrews to freedom from slavery was made into a 1956 movie called, "The Ten Commandments." How well do you remember it?
Who parted the Red Sea?
Moses parted the Red Sea when the Hebrews were trying to leave Egypt, and the Pharaoh and his army came after them. With the power of the Lord, Moses parted the Red Sea so the Hebrews could get through. Once they had safely passed, the water came crashing down and drowned the army.
Moses was found floating in a basket in the Nile river. His mother had placed him there to hopefully spare his life from the ruling Pharaoh who had issued a directive that all first-born Hebrew sons be killed.
Memnet knew Moses was Hebrew because the swaddling cloth in which he was wrapped was Levite. Memnet warned Bithiah not to take the child because he was clearly placed there to avoid the Pharaoh's edict, but Bithiah ordered Memnet to serve Moses as if he were her own son.
Who does Moses save from being crushed during a building project?
Yoshebel is Moses's birth mother, and he saves her from being crushed during a building project, though he did not yet know she was his mother. He is also rather impressed by Joshua's character and begins to show curiosity in Joshua's God, as well as showing more care for how the slaves are treated.
He tries to stop Baka from revealing the truth about his lineage.
He does it to stop Baka from whipping Joshua to death.
Baka is whipping Joshua to within an inch of his life. Moses intervenes to stop this from happening and ends up killing Baka in the process. He confesses to Joshua that he is Hebrew, and Joshua happily proclaims this to anyone who will listen. Unfortunately, Rameses has a servant named Dathan who overhears this information.
When Moses first comes back to Egypt to face Rameses, how does he show Rameses the power of God?
He turned his staff into a snake
Though it may not have been a rattlesnake, Moses shows Rameses the power of God by turning his staff into a snake. Rameses has some magicians who appear to do the same, but Moses' snake eats the other snakes.
He turned a column into a pillar of fire
He let God possess him and spoke to Rameses
He brought witnesses to hold trial and speak to the power of God
After Moses initially comes back to try to win freedom for the Hebrew people, Rameses retaliates in anger. How does he punish the slaves?
He has them all whipped for half a day
He forces them to make bricks without straw
After Moses comes back to speak with Rameses to try to obtain freedom for the Hebrew slaves, Rameses retaliates by saying the slaves are required to make the same number of bricks as they always do, but now without straw. The slaves become very angry at Moses and attempt to kill him.
As the final plague, God killed a certain family member of every Egyptian family. Who was it?
Death of the firstborn
As the final plague, God sweeps through the Egyptian households and kills the firstborn of each family. This is similar to what was decreed years before in Egypt by the Pharaoh, that the firstborn son of every Hebrew family would be killed. In this final plague, the Pharaoh's own son dies.
Painting their door frames with a sacrificial lamb's blood
To avoid the final plague, the Hebrew people painted their door frames with the blood of a sacrificial lamb. Egyptians, not believing in the true God of the Hebrews, did not paint their door frames and therefore suffered from the final plague. One exception was Dathan, an Egyptian overseer.
When Rameses decides to chase after the departing Hebrews, what holds him and his army back?
A pillar of fire
A pillar of fire blocks the Egyptians when they try to catch up to the Hebrew people. As the Hebrew people pass through the parted sea, the Egyptians can only watch in dismay until the pillar dies down.
While waiting for Moses to come back down the mountain, the Hebrews make an idol in the shape of what?
A golden calf
While waiting for Moses to come back down from the mountain, the Hebrews get impatient and decide to make a golden idol in the shape of a calf to take back to Egypt in the hope of winning Pharaoh's forgiveness. Dathan is one of the forces that move the people to sin in this way.
What does Moses have with him when he descends from the mountain?
The Ten Commandments
Moses comes down the mountain with the Ten Commandments, but upon seeing the sinfulness of the people, he destroys them by throwing them at the golden idol they made. All who did not follow Moses were swallowed up in a burning crevasse.
A scroll with God's story of the origins of the world
For how many years are the Hebrew people forced to wander in the desert?
The Hebrew people are forced to wander for 40 years in exile in the desert as punishment for making the golden calf, and to prove their loyalty to God. After 40 years, they can finally arrive in Israel.
Who pleads with Yoshebel not to reveal Moses's true identity to him?
When Moses begins to connect the dots of his ancestry, he wants to discover the truth. Bithiah rushes to see Yoshebel to beg her not to reveal Moses' true identity to him, but Yoshebel can't hold back.
Seti begs Moses not to proclaim himself as the Deliverer because he really doesn't want anything bad to happen to Moses. Even though Moses isn't his real son, we're led to believe that he loved Moses more than his own flesh-and-blood son, Rameses.