The original 80 Questions for the four level Jungle game "Bongo Knows the Bible"
found in the Bongo Loves the Bible CD, from Sunday Software



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Bongo Loves the Bible CD from Sunday Software features 8 different games. FOUR of those games teach basics "about the Bible."  The questions and answers appear in the game as multiple choice selections. If the player gets the answer wrong, they can try it again. They must get all 20 correct in the level to win. The levels are separate games and can be played in any order. Final scoring on Bongo's scoreboard is a combination of how many "tries" it took to answer correctly, and how many reward points/bananas/jewels Bongo collects.

This webpage describes the "original 80" questions that installed with the CD from 2007-2014. The CD comes with the original set of 80 questions found below. However, in 2013 we released a supplemental NEW set of 80 questions, primarily for those who either, (a) had exhausted the original 80, or (b) had younger kids who needed slightly easier questions. This "expansion" CD is inexpensive, and copies over the installed original 80.

Below is a screenshot of one of the questions found in the "80 New" Expansion Set. This question appears in the original set as well, but it has been rephrased and reformatted. It also only has 3 answers, whereas the original set has four.

Learn more about the Expansion Set of 80 new questions.

How the 80 original questions were created

I'm a Presbyterian minister who has been teaching Sunday School and working with kids for 30+ years. I'm also a curriculum writer for rotation.org. I want my kids to know the important basics, not trivia, and I've been quizzing them about these subjects for decades.  Bongo's quiz questions reflect this experience. While you and I might disagree on the important of a few questions, that's okay, the Bible is a huge book!  Surveying a lot of curriculum and Bible quizzes, however, has left me pretty confident that "these 80" represent a large consensus across the Christian education world.  

To create my set of 80, I first sat down and made a list of the Bible's major stories, major verses, major characters, and major books. I then constructed questions for each of those majors. I used a variety of curriculum resources to compare my list of "what's major" and there's a lot of agreement out there. When asking a question about a major story, I determined that the knowledge of the story's sequence usually identified the student's familiarity with its content.   Thus, a question about the Exodus or Joseph stories (which are enormous) asks the student about the story order. If they know the story order, the odds are very high that they know what the story is about as well.

For "about" the Bible questions, I created questions about the organization and structure of the Bible --information that most Christians (should) know, such as the names of the Gospels, and the order of the first five books of the Old Testament. I also created a list of questions about key geographical facts, and basic vocabulary (such as what a "parable" is).  To arrive at these questions, I consults MANY different curriculums, books on "Bible basics," and Bible quizzes.

I then organized my final list of 80 into four levels of difficulty, and tried to spread the types or categories of questions evenly between all four levels. For example, each level has a geography/location question and "book of the Bible" question. I then submitted my list of 80 questions to a Christian educator and Pastor for their suggestions, and tested the 80 questions with six different church children ranging in age from 9 to 16. You may have your own subject preferences, and my online study guide discusses how you can modify some of the question panels to suit your tastes. But, these 80 will identify key material your students may need to improve on in the coming years.  That said, the "beginner" set is a little easier than the "Bible Super Freak" set.

The wording of questions and answer is important. I have been creating Bible questions for my own computers labs since 1990 using a variety of quiz programs. Along the way, I learned that being able to think through a question and identify wrong answers --often leads to learning the 'right' answer, and reinforces information used in the process of elimination. In that way, a student doesn't always need to entirely know the correct answer, -just what the wrong answers are. In other words, a well-constructed question and multiple answers can teach more about the subject to the students.

The Beginner Level set of questions was created with the expectation that an Average 9 year old Frequently Attending Sunday School Student in most churches should be able to answer half of the 20 questions on the first try, and the other half on their second attempt. Level 2 -The Bible Student question set is for 10 to 12 year old frequent attenders. Having said this, in many churches, the first two levels will be easy for 9 and 10 years olds to answer on their first try. It depends on your students and your program. **I now realize that my idea of "beginner" or "easy" is a little too hard for some churches. The Expansion Set of 80 new questions addresses this issue by making the beginner set easier.

Level 3 and 4, the so-called Bible Scholar and Super Bible Freak question sets are for sharp elementary attenders and for youth with some frequency of attendance over the years.

One of my goals for the 80 questions was to create a tool for teachers and church staff to evaluate how well your students know their Basic Bible Knowledge. Of course, given enough attempts, ANY student can guess the right answer and continue to play. The idea is that they get it right the first time at least 50% of the time. It is assumed that an adult teacher is working WITH the students as they go through the game. This means that Bongo is something of a PROFICIENCY TEST for students AND your program. After playing WITH them, you will have a good idea where your curriculum may need to improve.


Here are the 80 original questions that install from the Bongo CD. The newer 80 questions I've developed are a little bit easier for younger kids and less-Bible literate students. They also include a new question category about "famous" Bible verses every kids should know.

Beginner Level 1 Questions

1. Which of the following story timelines is most correct for Abraham & Sarah?
2. Which of the following timelines is most correct for the Exodus story?
3. Which of the following series of David events is in correct order?
4. The four Gospels are:
5. This person was the leader of Jesus' disciples, tried to walk on water, and his name means "The Rock"
6. According to the book of Acts, this person persecuted early Christians until he saw a light on the road to Damascus and heard the voice of Jesus asking him to stop.
7. Jesus often told short stories with surprise meanings called _________. Two of the most famous are ____________ and ____________.
8. The Ten Commandments were given to _______ on _____________, and can be found in ___________ and _______________.
9. King David was known as "a man after God's own _______."
10. "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…" is the beginning of this very famous Bible verse.
11. The Covenant is a promise given to Abraham and his descendants.
12. Which of the following is the correct order of events in Jesus' last days?
13. The books of the Bible were originally written in which two languages?
14. How many books are there in the Old Testament? New Testament?
15. The 66 books of the Bible were written by _________.
16. Which list of Bible heroes is in the correct order from oldest to newest.
17. Which book is a collection of 150 Hebrew poems about God that were originally meant to be sung.
18. The books of the Prophets contain mostly these types of messages:
19. There are different types of books in the Bible. Which of the following list of books correctly follows the order of the following TYPES of Bible books:
Law | History | Wisdom | Prophets
20. Which of the following phrases completes the following famous quote from Psalm 119 about the word of God: "Thy word is ____ unto my feet and ____ unto my path."

 


 
Level 2: “Bible Student”
 
1. Which list of people are all found in the book of Genesis?
2. Which of the following prophets at first refused to obey God’s command to go preach to the sinful people of Nineveh, and instead, went on a boat to avoid obeying God?
3. Which of the following poor widows was from the land of Moab, traveled with her mother-in-law to Israel and married an Israelite, and was the grandmother of King David?
4. Which of the following prophets said to God, “Here I am, send me” and wrote about the promise of God to provide a Messiah who would be a “suffering servant” bringing salvation to the world?
5. This prophet fought the evil prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, trained young Elisha to be his successor, and was taken up into heaven in a whirlwind by a chariot of fire.
6. This person became known as a prophet because while exiled in Babylon, he spoke against the evil empire and stood up to defend his faith. He was thrown to the Lions but an angel kept him from harm.
7. This person was the Roman governor of Judea who sentenced Jesus to death.
8. Which two Gospels have the Christmas story in them?
9. Which 4 books of the Bible cover the story of Moses, The Ten Commandments, and the Hebrews wandering in wilderness?
10. What is the name of region in Israel where Jesus first taught and performed miracles?
11. Which Gospel begins with the words “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
12. Where in the Bible can you find the stories of Israel’s Kings?
13. Where can you find Jesus’ collection of teachings known as the “Sermon on the Mount” which also contain The Beatitudes and The Lord’s Prayer?
14. What is the name of city where David ruled as king, Solomon built the Temple, and where Jesus was crucified?
15. The Bible contains 13 letters which Paul wrote to fellow Christians. Which of the following are all letters that Paul wrote to the early Christian churches?
16. Who am I? I am the grandson of Abraham. My brothers sold me into slavery. When we met years later, I tested their character and forgave them.
17. The Gospels record that Jesus often taught about this subject. It was something not everyone could see. It could be small, but would grow big. It can be inside you. Everyone is welcome to be part of it.
18. Jesus was asked to sum up the message of the prophets and the law. What he spoke became known as the Great Commandment. Which of the following is the Great Commandment?
19. What does the word “Gospel” mean? And what is “The Gospel”?
20. Of the four Gospels, this one is quite a bit different than the other three in style and content. For example, only this Gospel has the story of Jesus and the Wedding at Cana, Jesus meeting Nicodemus, and Jesus talking to the Woman at the Well.

 
Level 3 “Bible Scholar”
 
1. Who were the first three Kings of Israel?
2. When the Hebrews came to the Promised Land after the Exodus, who did God choose to rule over the people?
3. Which book is John's vision of the end of the world and Christ’s return?
4. The Story of Pentecost, the birth of the church, is found in the second chapter of the book of _______.
5. Jesus was crucified on _________, and raised from the tomb on _______.
6. This book of the Bible is the story of a Jewish woman living in exile who became Queen and spoke up when her Jewish people and faith were threatened by evil-doers.
7. Which list is the correct list of occupations that matches the New Testament heroes: Matthew, Nicodemus, Zaccheus, and Lydia.
8. Of the four Gospels, this one is quite a bit different than the other three in style and content. For example, only this Gospel has the story of the Wedding at Cana, Nicodemus, and the Woman at the Well.
9. This prophet lived in the wilderness. He prophesied the coming of the Messiah, called upon people to repent their sins, and quarreled with religious leaders. He was beheaded by the King.
10. The books of the New Testament were written approximately between the years of:
11. Most of the books of the Old Testament were written and edited approximately between the years of:
12. This Gospel is the shortest in length and the earliest written:
13. This book of the Old Testament is a history of how after the Exodus from Egypt the Hebrews entered and conquered the Promised Land.
14. In the book of Exodus, God first spoke to Moses ____________ and told Moses that God’s name was _____________.
15. This letter of Paul in the New Testament contains the famous “Love” passage in its 13th chapter. (“Now Faith, Hope and Love remain, but the greatest of these is Love.”)
16. Which of the two books of the New Testament were written by the same author as if they were “Volume I and Volume II” but were later separated when the Bible was put together?
17. The 17 Prophets are split into two groups: the Major Prophets (longer books), and the Minor Prophets (shorter books). Which of the following is a correct list of the Major Prophets?
18. This Disciple tried to walk on water. One time denied even knowing Jesus, but later became a leader in the early church.
19. This prophet had strange visions of heaven and the future. He described a wheel in the sky covered in eyes and he had a hopeful vision of a valley of dry bones being brought back to life.
20. One of the following lists of commandments contains a commandment NOT found in the Ten Commandments. Which one is it?
 

“Super Bible Freak” Level 4
 
1. The prophets Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah warned about the coming Babylonian invasion and exile of the Jews. Daniel and Esther described life in exile. The following two books record the return of the exiled Jews to Jerusalem.
2. There are six main types of books in the Bible: Law, History, Wisdom/Poetry, Prophets, Gospel and Letters. Which of the following lists of books correctly follows the above sequence of types?
3. Which list of Paul’s letters correctly matches the following three subjects: Letter about Salvation, Letter of Joy, Letter to a Church Leader
4. Which list has all the Bible heroes and their enemies or adversaries correctly matched?
5. Which of the following lists of prophetic books correctly matches the prophet with the evil empires they were warning Israel about and preaching against?
6. According to the Gospel of Luke, which of the following lists of people were the first to find Jesus’ tomb empty on Easter morning?
7. According to the Gospel of Luke, what road were Cleopas and a friend walking down when Jesus appeared to them some days after the Resurrection?
8. This book of the Bible deals with the problems of suffering and evil. In it, a man’s friends try to explain why the man is being afflicted with problems. What is the name of this book?
9. This book of the Bible was written by one of the Disciples and deals famously with the issue of doing good works as a sign of your faith. “Faith without good works is dead.”
10. If you open most Bibles in half -which one or two books will you mostly likely find yourself looking at? (Excludes study Bibles with extra maps and content).
11. This wife of this prophet was named Gomer. He scolded the Israelites for their faithlessness.
12. This book of the Old Testament contains 3 long speeches delivered by Moses reminding the people of all God had done for them in the Exodus, and calling them to “choose life.”
13. The following two Gospels were based on large portions of Mark’s Gospel, to which they each added additional Jesus content.
14. The letters of Peter, John and Jude generally cover what similar subject matter?
15. This prophet’s book foresees the coming of the “Wonderful Counselor” and “Prince of Peace.” This book also describes the coming of a Messiah who will be a “Suffering Servant,” “wounded for our transgressions.”
16. Which of the following answers contains one story NOT found in the book of Genesis?
17. After the reign of King Solomon, things start to go bad for the Kings of Israel, and the Kingdom eventually gets split in two. Where in the Bible can you read about this?
18. This little prophetic book is a “song of suffering” that was written by Jeremiah about the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians. Each line in the lamentation begins with the next letter in the Hebrew alphabet.
19. The Ten Commandments can be found which two following books of the Bible?
20. In what book of the Bible can you find the story of Paul’s shipwreck and visit to Rome?


How to Print the Answer Key from the installed Bongo program:

The CORRECT ANSWERS to questions in each level are found in the folder titled "ANS"  in c:\bongo on your harddrive where you installed Bongo. Use Notepad to open the ans files. They are simple text files. Each can be opened and then printed from Notepad to give you an ANSWER KEY that corresponds to the numbered questions below.  Please note, however, that the questions in the game are NOT numbered. The question graphics themselves can be changed if you know how to do simple photoshop-style graphic changes

See the "Doc Box" at the bottom of the Bongo webpage
for more printable resources for Bongo, including lesson plans and posters.

This document and the 80 questions as compiled and phrased are the copyrighted property of Neil MacQueen..
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