Literature Study Questions
- In at least three full sentences, summarize what happened in this passage and your reaction to it.
- What are the positive character qualities in Mordecai's life?
- Why didn’t Mordecai want Esther to tell anyone that she was a Jew?
- What negative character qualities do you see in Haman's life?
- What do the words homage, edict, and annihilate mean?
- What is Esther’s first reaction when she found out what the problem was with Mordecai?
- Mordecai responded with this question: “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” What could this mean to you in the way you live your life?
- What did Esther ultimately decide to do? What preparations did she ask Mordecai to make before this?
- Why did Esther ask the king and Haman to come to a banquet instead of coming right out and telling the king her problem?
- What is Haman’s reaction to the banquet? What is still upsetting him?
- Look up these verses and tell how they apply to this story: Proverbs 16:5 & 18, Proverbs 26:27
- Haman being forced to honor Mordecai with the very privileges he had intended for himself is a classic example of IRONY. The plot is definitely turning in this story! What is your reaction to this part of the story?
- What does the king promise to Esther in verse 2?
- What does the king think that Haman is doing when he comes back into the room?
- Why did they cover Haman’s face?
- Verses 9-10 bring a second irony in this story. The first one (in chapter 6) was that Mordecai received the reward the Haman had planned for himself. Tell what the second one is here.
- In verse 10, we find that “the wrath of the king abated.” What does the word abated mean?
- If a cubit is about 18 inches high, how many feet high is a 50 cubit gallows?
- How does Esther continue to show honor to the king in his passage?
- What is the plan for the protection of the Jews?
- Draw a picture of Mordecai as he is described in verse 15.
Esther 9 & 10
- The next Purim will be celebrated on February 27, 2010. What is Purim, and how is it celebrated now? You can look here for your answers: www.biblicalholidays.com/jewish_customs.htm. Click some of the links at the bottom of that page, too.
- With information from the web site in question 1, list at least two other Jewish holidays that are still celebrated, and tell what they are about.
- Write a full paragraph about your overall impression of the story of Esther and how it applies to your life.