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
Go to the Bongo CD webpage
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 Questions1. 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:
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..
They may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. www.sundaysoftware.com/bongo/questions.htm