"...God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water." — from 1 Peter 3

Quiz on the Great Flood

Spelling counts on "fill in the blank" questions. Commentary on some answers is provided with your score.

1. T or F: God commanded Noah to capture animals and bring them onto the ark.


2. Noah was chosen to survive the Flood because he "found in the eyes of the Lord."

3. The Hebrew word for the material of which the ark was constructed is rendered in most English Bibles as:

A. Steel   B. Beaverwood   C. Oak  
D. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)   E. Gopherwood   F. Terebinth  

4. Clean animals, unclean animals, and birds were taken into the ark according to these proportions:

A.  Two pair clean, one pair unclean, two pair birds
B.  Seven pair clean, one pair unclean, seven pair birds
C.  Two pair clean, two pair unclean, and a partridge in a pair tree
D.  Two pair clean, one pair unclean, seven pair birds
E.  One pair of all types of animals and birds

5. Noah's wife's name was:

A.  Noadiah   B.  Eve the Second   C.  Aqualina  
D.  Lillith   E.  Unknown   F.  Arquetta  

6. Complete the verse: "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day were all the of the great deep broken up, and the of heaven were opened." (Each blank is one word.)

7. Once all human and animal passengers were on board the ark, who shut them inside?

A.  Work animals were likely used to close the massive hatch.
B.  The angel Gabriel.
C.  Unknown
D.  The LORD
E.  A scoffer who was unafraid to remain outside despite Noah's warnings
F.  Noah himself

8. The three sons of Noah were:

A. Jared, Shem, and Ham   B. Peleg, Japheth, and Eber   C. Arphaxad, Terah, and Jared   D. Japheth, Shem, and Ham

9. The shape of Noah's ark was closest to:

A.  A rectangular box
B.  A schooner
C.  A flat raft
D.  An almost perfect cube

10. God told Noah that He would establish His with him, with his descendants after him, and with every living creature that was with him.

11. The ark came to rest on the mountains of:

A. Spices    B. Ararat   C. Lebanon  
D. Hermon   E. Moriah   F. Tibet

12. T or F: No specimens of this variety of horse with a single horn on its head made it onto the ark, and therefore the unicorn is extinct.


13. Complete the verse: "The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them cubits deep." (Another English translation reads: " ______ cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.")

14. Likewise complete this one with a numeral, not a word: "And the waters prevailed on the earth days. (Second translation, phrase identical.)

15. Genesis 6:3 reads: And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." The one hundred and twenty years most likely refers to:

A.  Postdiluvian longevity. In other words, the average length of the human lifespan was to be shortened after the Flood.
B.  The amount of time between when God first gave prophetic warning, probably through Noah, that a great judgment was coming, and when the Flood actually began.
C.  The triumphing of the wicked who strive against the Spirit of God, which is always brief compared to that of the righteous.
D.  A way of counting centuries as years. The entire duration of earthly human history was divinely determined to be 120 centuries. A portion of that twelve thousand years is yet future.

16. T or F: Noah's father Lamech and his grandfather Methuselah both died before the Flood began.


17. "Flood geology" offers which Bible believing theories about observable phenomena?

A.  Vast fossil beds and fossil fuels exist because of the Flood.
B.  The origin of many geological wonders such as the Grand Canyon can be attributed to the Flood.
C.  The artwork of some ancient peoples includes dinosaurs because those peoples and dinosaurs were contemporaries.
D.   The portion of the Earth's surface area covered by water was once significantly smaller.
E.  All of the above.

18. T or F: Noah sent a raven and a dove out of the ark. The raven returned with an olive leaf, and the dove with a fig leaf.


19. was the grandson of Noah, the son of Ham, and the ancestor of several nations who later would live in the land of . (Each blank is one word.)

20. The great Flood of Noah's day was:

A.  A divine judgment upon human wickedness
B.  An event never to be repeated
C.  The greatest natural catastrophe in history
D.  An example of God's sovereignty over His creation
E.  All of the above.
F.  A, B, and D.

21. Refer to question number ten (10). The is the SIGN associated with what God established with Noah and all the Earth.

22. T or F: Either the Flood or Noah's name is mentioned in 23 of the 27 New Testament books. (Neither appears in 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Philemon.)


23. Genesis 2:5,6 (New American Standard version) reads as follows: "Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth; and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground."

Which of the following comments related to this passage is the most sound?

A.  The mist mentioned in this passage served the purpose which evaporation/precipitation as we know it has served since the Flood. Pluvial activity did not occur before the Flood and the drastic geophysical changes that came with that deluge. The rainbow which God gave as a sign of His covenant was a new and marvelous thing to Noah and his family.

B.  This passage is dealing with the time of the divine creation week itself. Precipitation has been part of Earth's climate from the time God's creative work ended. Rainbows had already existed, God simply assigned a new meaning to them.

C.  Antediluvian (pre-Flood) precipitation was sparse and rare. Likewise, the mists and fogs of today are a greatly diminished vestige of the regular mist mentioned in the passage. What has remained constant from creation onward is God's faithful watering of the Earth.

D.  None of these statements are Biblically sound, and speculation about this is of very dubious value.

24. What likely obtained as far as insects and microscopic life forms such as bacteria with regard to the Flood?

A.  The angel Betelgeuse, for whom the star in the constellation Orion is named, protected them through the Flood.
B.  Noah and his family were able to ascertain that each and every kind of such creatures was represented on the ark.
C.  Some of these creatures were indeed on the ark, and others were able to survive outside of it.
D.  They did not exist before the Flood.

25. Which statement about aquatic creatures and the great Flood do you judge to be the most Biblically reasonable?

A.  All marine life died in the Flood, and was recreated by God sometime after it ended.
B.  Some marine life probably perished in the cataclysm, but not all of it was destroyed, as was the case with land-based life forms.
C.  Marine life was completely unaffected by the Flood, which was global in scope, but very tranquil in its side effects.
D.  The Flood was not REALLY global, but rather a localized event. Land and sea creatures outside of the Flood location survived it.