Quiz #1 on the Book of Genesis


This quiz is designed to teach and entertain you. It is of medium difficulty.

If you want to study for the quiz, you should read...

  • Genesis chapters 1 through 3
  • 2 Tim 3.15, 2 Pet 1.20-21, Rev 12.9


Question 1) In your Bible the Old Testament is a translation of ancient manuscripts written in...

a) Hebrew

b) Hebrew and Aramaic

c) Greek

d) None of the above

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Question 2) The word "Genesis" comes from...

a) A Hebrew word

b) A Greek word

c) Neither of the above

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Question 3) According to the Bible, the author of the book of Genesis is...

a) God

b) Moses

c) Abraham

d) Not identified

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Question 4) According to the Bible, approximately when did God create the earth?

a) Around 4000 BC

b) Sometime between 4000 BC and 14000 BC

c) Millions of years ago

d) Billions of years ago

e) None of the above

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Question 5) According to Genesis chapter 1, the Bible name for the entire human race is "man" (Heb adam)...

a) True

b) False

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Question 6) Genesis chapter 1 neither mentions nor infers God's creation of dinosaurs...

a) True

b) False

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Question 7) In the beginning, God ordained that people would eat...

a) Fruits & Vegetables only (herbivore)

b) Meat only (carnivore)

c) Meat and fruits and vegetables (omnivore)

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Question 8) To whom did God give the command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

a) Adam only

b) Eve only

c) Both Adam and Eve

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Question 9) Who was present when the serpent tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit?

a) Eve only

b) Both Adam and Eve

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Last question

Question 10)
The serpent that tempted Eve was...

a) A real serpent, acting on its own

b) A real serpent, acting as a tool of Satan

c) Satan disguised as a serpent

d) None of the above

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Answer 1) "b" is correct. The Old Testament is a translation of ancient manuscripts written in Hebrew and Aramaic...

  • MOST parts of the OT manuscripts were written in Hebrew. However, the following passages were written in Aramaic: Ezra 4.7 through 6.18 & 7.12 through 7.26; Dan 2.4 through 7.28
  • By the way, NT manuscripts were written in Koine Greek. (Koine Greek was "everyday" Greek, as opposed to Attic Greek which was "fancy" Greek.)
  • If you want to read more about the Bible's history and structure, we recommend the book, "A General Introduction to the Bible" by Geisler & Nix, Moody Press

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Answer 2) "b" is correct. The word "Genesis" comes from the Greek word genesis...

  • genesis is Strong's #1078. ("Strong's Exhaustive Concordance" is THE book to own if you want to do word studies in the Bible.)
  • In most Bible translations, "Genesis" is the title of the first book of the Bible. However, in the Hebrew Bible, the first book is entitled Bereshith, meaning "in the beginning."
  • Of interest - Matthew (the first book of the NT) has "genesis" in its very first verse, as shown below...
Biblos geneseoos Ieesou Christou, huiou Dauid, huiou Abraam. (Mt 1.1, Gk)

The book of the
generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Mt 1.1, KJV)
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Answer 3) "a" is correct. God is the Author of the entire Bible...
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God... (2 Tim 3.16a)
Yes, God used humans to write the Bible, but the words they wrote were His words...
knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2 Pet 1.20-21)

Thus, God is the Author of the Bible and people were its writers...

  • For some Bible books, God saw fit to identify the persons He used to write them. For example, the apostle Paul is identified as the writer of the book of Romans. (Rom 1.1)
  • God did not see fit to identify the person He used to write the book of Genesis. Many folks think the writer was Moses. Maybe so. Maybe not.

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Answer 4) "e" is correct. The Bible does not say how long ago God created the earth...

  • The Bible gives only one answer to the question of when God created the heavens and earth. The Bible's answer is, "in the beginning." (Gen 1.1a)
  • Any other answer is unbiblical, and constitutes nothing more than mere human speculation.

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Answer 5) "a" is correct. It is true that "man" is used by the Bible to refer to the entire human race, females as well as males...
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion..." (Gen 1.26a)

So God created
man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen 1.27)

In the verses above "man" translates the Hebrew word adam (Strong's #120).

  • Genesis 1.27 shows that God created a male adam and a female adam.
  • Thus, "man" (adam) refers to all humans, both male and female. Ergo, "man" means "mankind" -- the human race as a whole.

When Genesis wants to make gender distinctions between males and females, it uses the Hebrew words...

  • zakar or iysh for males (Strong numbers 2145 & 376, respectively)
  • neqebah or ishshah for females (Strong numbers 5347 & 802, respectively)

To wit...

So God created man (adam)in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male (zakar) and female (neqebah) He created them. (Gen 1.27)

And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman (
ishshah), because she was taken out of Man (iysh).'' (Gen 2.23)

As you know, the first male adam was named Adam, and the first female adam was named Eve. Translated from Hebrew, their names mean...

  • Adam - human or "ruddy"
  • Eve - giver of life

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Answer 6) "b" is correct. It is FALSE to say that the Bible neither mentions nor infers God's creation of dinosaurs.

Consider the following verse...
So God created great sea creatures (Heb. tanniyn) and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Gen 1.21)

In Gen 1.21, "great sea creatures" translates the Hebrew word tanniyn...

  • According to Strong's #8577, tanniyn means a marine or land monster.
  • Clearly, therefore, Gen 1.21 refers to God's creation of any and all monster-sized animals such as mastodons, whales, and dinosaurs.
  • It is interesting to note that the King James Bible sometimes translates tanniyn as "dragon." It is likely that ancient mankind's encounters with dinosaurs gave rise to the legends of dragons.

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Answer 7) "a" is correct. In the beginning, God ordained that man would eat fruits and vegetables only. The same was true for animals (including lions and tigers and bears, oh my!)...
And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food''; and it was so. (Gen 1.29-30)
After the flood in the days of Noah, God ordained that people would be permitted to eat meat as well as vegetables...
(God said...) "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs." (Gen 9.3)
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Answer 8) "a" is correct. God commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve was not present when God gave this command...
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.'' (Gen 2.16-17)
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Answer 9) "b" is correct. Both Adam and Eve were present when the serpent tempted Eve...
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Gen 3.6)
As noted earlier, Adam alone was the one warned by God that death would ensue from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet Adam stood silently by as his wife was tempted. Worse yet, Adam allowed his wife to eat of the tree. Shame on Adam!

From this standpoint, notice this VERY significant Bible verse...
Therefore, just as through one man (Adam, not Eve) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (Rom 5.12)

NOTE: A visitor named Paul S disagrees with Biblebell's answer to Question #9. To read Paul's comments, and Biblebell's response...
Click HERE

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Answer 10) "b" is correct. Eve was tempted by a real serpent that was acting as a tool of Satan.

We know the serpent was real because of the curse God placed upon it...
So the Lord God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life." (Gen 3.14)
If you went for answer "a" -- that a real serpent acted on its own -- you might be correct.

Bible Bell went for answer "b" -- that the serpent was a tool of Satan -- because of Rev 12.9. That verse (quoted below) makes Bible Bell conclude that the serpent was either a tool of Satan, or empowered by Satan, or both.

Here's the verse. See what you think...
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Rev 12.9)

This ends our little quiz. We hope you enjoyed it!

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Paul S's comments on Biblebell's answer to
Question #9


Biblebell's response

Dear Sir,
I appreciate your page with the Bible quiz but there is one serious flaw. You as many others do also, judge Adam from a fallen man's perspective.
  Yes I am fallen. Is there anyone here who is not? Rom 3.23 says no. I thank God that He chose many "fallen men" to be born again as new creations in Christ Jesus.

He also bestowed a new perspective- 1 Cor 2.14-16.
Adam and Eve were perfect humans.  

Perfect? In what way?

  • Physically? Yes, Adam & Eve were created physically perfect.
  • Morally? In my OPINION, it was their moral perfection [holiness] that was being tested. Adam & Eve failed that test.
You cannot judge them in the context of what we know today. Eve knew the rules.  

In Genesis 3.2-3 Eve paraphrased *the rules* but also added "nor shall you touch it."

However, we do NOT know from whom Eve learned *the rules.* Was it from God? Or Adam? There IS a difference...

  • If Adam tells me that God said that something I want to do is dangerous, it's "hearsay." I'll consider it, but I might decide that Adam has garbled or exaggerated the facts.
  • Suppose, however, that God PERSONALLY warns me that a certain action will cause my death. I will disregard such a direct warning only if I am insane, or suicidal.
  • In my OPINION, Eve was neither insane nor suicidal. Ergo, I conclude that she "knew the rules" only second-handedly, from her husband.
Adam trusted Eve.   Where does the Bible say this?
Eve chose to eat without consulting Adam.   Where does the Bible say this?
In Gen. 3: 17 you clearly see Adam's sin was one of listening to Eve, not stopping her from eating. God spoke those words.   True! Here's the verse Paul cites...
Gen 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life."
Had Adam acted "shamefully," God would have said so.   It's a reasonable inference, but an assumption nevertheless.
I am afraid that too many well intending Christian men have adopted the traditional, albeit incorrect interpretation of God's word. 1 Tim. 2:14 also states that Eve sinned first. Adam "harkened" to his wife, that was his sin.   Hmmm. Why is this a gender-specific [male] "tradition," I wonder? And where might I read more about it?

I fail to find the words "Eve sinned first" anywhere in the verse Paul cites. To wit...
1Tim 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
Eve made the choice herself. Adam was not responsible for her action.   God told Adam that eating the fruit would result in death.

If anyone in my vicinity is bent on committing a suicidal act -- especially someone under my care and protection -- I will do all that is necessary to STOP them.

How can one say that Adam was not responsible for Eve's action? Eve was deceived. Adam was not. Adam's condonation of Eve's action was like handing the car keys to a drunk.
Adam was there and therefore the quote from Romans is correct. Sin only came "through" Adam, not because of what he didn't do. The Bible never refers to what Adam did not do.   Here's the verse...
Rom 5:12 Therefore, just as through <dia> one man sin entered the world, and death through <dia> sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned

Here's a lexicon...
Strong's 1223 dia
a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional)
Just wanting the truth to be told correctly, and directly, from the Bible, not from a religious, or from traditional man's teachings.


Paul S

Here again is what I wrote as my answer to question #9...
As noted earlier, Adam alone was the one warned by God that death would ensue from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet Adam stood silently by as his wife was tempted. Worse yet, Adam allowed his wife to eat of the tree. Shame on Adam!

I based this statement on my interpretation of Bible verses -- not on "religious" or "traditional" teachings...

  • The Bible records no protest by Adam when his wife ate the forbidden fruit [Gen 3.6].
  • The Bible shows that Adam was NOT deceived, whereas Eve WAS deceived [1 Tim 2.14]. Yet Adam allowed Eve, in her deception, to take an action that he knew full well would cause her death.
  • Eve wasn't even in existence when God commanded Adam about the tree [Gen 2.16-17].
  • Rom 5.12 names one person and only one person as the source of death through sin. That one person is Adam.
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