Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Moses was warned that he would not be permitted to lead the nation of Israel across the Jordan River but would die on its eastern shores (Num. 20:12). He therefore assembled the tribes and delivered to them a parting address, which forms the Book of Deuteronomy. In this address it is commonly accepted that he recapitulated the Law, reminding them of its most important features. When Moses finished, and he had pronounced a blessing on the people (Deut. 28:1-14), he went up Mount Nebo, looked over the promised land of Israel spread out before him, and died, at the age of one hundred and twenty. God Himself buried him in an unknown grave (Deut. 34:6). Moses was thus the human instrument in the creation of the nation of Israel by communicating to it the Torah. More humble than any other man (Num. 12:3), he enjoyed unique privileges, for "there hath not arisen a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses." (Deut. 34:10).

Jewish religious tradition ascribes authorship of the Torah to Moses through a process of divine inspiration. This view of Mosaic authorship is first found explicitly expressed in the Talmud, dating from the 3rd to the 6th centuries CE. Talmudic traditions hold that the Torah was created prior to the creation of the world and that it was used as the blueprint for Creation. According to dating of the text by Orthodox rabbis, the revelation of the Torah to Moses occurred in 1280 BC at Mount Sinai. However, contemporary secular biblical scholars date the completion of the Torah, as well as the prophets and the historical books, no earlier than the Persian period (539 to 334 BCE).

1. The Torah is
A. the first five books of the Bible.
B. the language of Moses.
C. the language of the tribes.
D. the story of the creation of Israel.
2. The Law is
A. the words of Moses.
B. the Torah along with the Oral Law (oral tradition).
C. the laws of the tribes.
D. the blueprint for Creation.
3. Moses' parting address forms
A. the Law.
B. the story of the Exodus.
C. the book of Numbers.
D. the book of Deuteronomy.
4. According to the Bible, Moses was buried by
A. the tribes.
B. the people in the land of Israel.
C. God Himself.
D. the listeners to his parting address.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-A..........2-B..........3-D..........4-C
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