Papa’s Perfectly Popular Pastime of Popping P’s – Map Quiz

So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.

  • Exodus 1:11

Moab is my washbasin,
    on Edom I toss my sandal;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

  • Psalm 108:9

In each of the Scriptures above, there is a place name that begins with “P” although one has an “F” sound, not good for popping a “P.”  Neither of these place names are answers in the quiz below.  This one may be pretty hard, but I only used two books of the Bible, Acts and Revelation.  That cuts down the searching.

There are three questions that have two answers.  Not all the “P’s” in the answers can be popped, but all answers begin with “P”.

The Questions:

#QuestionBible ReferenceAnswer(s)
1The Apostle John was on this island when he received the Revelation from Jesus.  It is said that he was exiled to this island.  
2This Roman colony is where Lydia meets Paul and becomes a believer.  She lives in nearby Thyatira.  Paul wrote one of his letters to the church in this Roman colony.  
3On Paul’s second missionary journey he roamed for a while through Galatia and this region, establishing churches before having a vision that he should go to Macedonia.  This region is immediately west of Galatia.  The name sounds like it might be very cold, but not in what is now mid-western Turkey.  
4Two of the seven churches that Jesus dictates a letter to in Revelation begin with “P”.  The third letter where Jesus says that they live where Satan has his throne.  The sixth letter where they keep God’s Word, but they have no strength.  What are these two churches (cities where the churches are located)?  
5On Paul’s first missionary journey, they left Cyprus and arrived in this place.  What is the town and the region, both beginning with “P”?  
6On Paul’s third missionary journey, he port hops to get back to Jerusalem in time for Pentecost.  He leaves Rhodes and lands in two places beginning with “P” before reaching Tyre.  Only one is good for popping, but what are these two places?  
7Then Paul goes from Tyre to this city for a night before going to Caesarea.  What is it?  Oh, the “P” may be silent in this one.  
8On Paul’s first mission trip, he goes from Antioch to Antioch.  The home church is in Syria, but in what region is the other Antioch?  
9A little earlier in that first missionary journey, Paul goes to Cyprus where he is confronted with a sorcerer named Bar-Jesus and Bar-Jesus becomes temporarily blind in what Cyprus city?  
10It does not sound much like a prisoner going to Rome to stand trial, but after Paul leaves Malta, he goes to Syracuse and Rhegium and finally in this place, he stays for a week with other believers before traveling to Rome by land.  

I was at a loss as to what type of quiz to put together.  I looked over past quizzes and the idea of a map quiz came up.  Then the thought that I had while studying the book of Acts returned.  There are a lot of regions in what is now Turkey that started with “P”.  Add the towns and we might have a quiz.

The idea of popping a “P” is from being on a microphone.  A harsh “P” sound will sound like an explosion over the speakers if you pop the “P”.  You can do a lot without the speaker changing his/her speech patterns.  But in changing speech patterns, trying to pop your “P” really hard.  Then back off the harsh enunciation of the “P” and you can learn how to not pop the “P” so much.  But without that practice, moving the microphone and using a filter on the microphone are two common methods.  If the audio is already recorded, there is a method of dampening the amplitude of the “P”

A ventriloquist will use a different consonant since the “B” and “P” require you to close you mouth to form the word.  A “V” said in context will trick the audience into thinking you have used the “B” or “P”, but you do not have to close your mouth (no moving lips) and there is no pop.

Why did I choose the title?  I love alliteration.  And popping “P’s” are fun when you don’t hear the speakers “explode.”

Bible References:

#QuestionBible ReferenceAnswer(s)
1The Apostle John was on this island when he received the Revelation from Jesus.  It is said that he was exiled to this island.Revelation 1:9 
2This Roman colony is where Lydia meets Paul and becomes a believer.  She lives in nearby Thyatira.  Paul wrote one of his letters to the church in this Roman colony.Acts 16:11-15 
3On Paul’s second missionary journey he roamed for a while through Galatia and this region, establishing churches before having a vision that he should go to Macedonia.  This region is immediately west of Galatia.  The name sounds like it might be very cold, but not in what is now mid-western Turkey.Acts 16:6 
4Two of the seven churches that Jesus dictates a letter to in Revelation begin with “P”.  The third letter where Jesus says that they live where Satan has his throne.  The sixth letter where they keep God’s Word, but they have no strength.  What are these two churches (cities where the churches are located)?Revelation 2:12-17 and Revelation 3:7-13 
5On Paul’s first missionary journey, they left Cyprus and arrived in this place.  What is the town and the region, both beginning with “P”?Acts 13:13 
6On Paul’s third missionary journey, he port hops to get back to Jerusalem in time for Pentecost.  He leaves Rhodes and lands in two places beginning with “P” before reaching Tyre.  Only one is good for popping, but what are these two places?Acts 21:1-2 
7Then Paul goes from Tyre to this city for a night before going to Caesarea.  What is it?  Oh, the “P” may be silent in this one.Acts 21:7 
8On Paul’s first mission trip, he goes from Antioch to Antioch.  The home church is in Syria, but in what region is the other Antioch?Acts 13:14 
9A little earlier in that first missionary journey, Paul goes to Cyprus where he is confronted with a sorcerer named Bar-Jesus and Bar-Jesus becomes temporarily blind in what Cyprus city?Acts 13:6 
10It does not sound much like a prisoner going to Rome to stand trial, but after Paul leaves Malta, he goes to Syracuse and Rhegium and finally in this place, he stays for a week with other believers before traveling to Rome by land.Acts 28:13 

In ten questions we mentioned thirteen “P” places.  Three of these are regions in what is now the Asian portion of Turkey.  While Christianity struggles in these areas today, the spread of the Gospel was apparent in the first century.  Paul arrived in what is now Italy, and he spent a week with believers before going to Rome.  The Gospel got there before Paul did.

It is sad that with our modern computers and the Internet, with telephones, with jet airplanes, with television and movies, it seems that we communicate less than they did in the first century.  Just think that the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread throughout the known world at that time and people were dedicating their lives to a God that they had not heard of until “that sailor stepped from the boat.”

These days with all our modern conveniences, we are less likely to talk about Jesus as those “sailors” must have done.  We leave it up to the media people and the media is, in large part, running away from the topic.  Let it not be so.  Let us spread the word that Jesus came to save sinners like you and me.

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The Answers:

#QuestionBible ReferenceAnswer(s)
1The Apostle John was on this island when he received the Revelation from Jesus.  It is said that he was exiled to this island.Revelation 1:9Patmos
2This Roman colony is where Lydia meets Paul and becomes a believer.  She lives in nearby Thyatira.  Paul wrote one of his letters to the church in this Roman colony.Acts 16:11-15Philippi
3On Paul’s second missionary journey he roamed for a while through Galatia and this region, establishing churches before having a vision that he should go to Macedonia.  This region is immediately west of Galatia.  The name sounds like it might be very cold, but not in what is now mid-western Turkey.Acts 16:6Phrygia
4Two of the seven churches that Jesus dictates a letter to in Revelation begin with “P”.  The third letter where Jesus says that they live where Satan has his throne.  The sixth letter where they keep God’s Word, but they have no strength.  What are these two churches (cities where the churches are located)?Revelation 2:12-17 and Revelation 3:7-13Pergamum and Philadelphia
5On Paul’s first missionary journey, they left Cyprus and arrived in this place.  What is the town and the region, both beginning with “P”?Acts 13:13Perga of Pamphylia
6On Paul’s third missionary journey, he port hops to get back to Jerusalem in time for Pentecost.  He leaves Rhodes and lands in two places beginning with “P” before reaching Tyre.  Only one is good for popping, but what are these two places?Acts 21:1-2Patara and then to Phoenicia
7Then Paul goes from Tyre to this city for a night before going to Caesarea.  What is it?  Oh, the “P” may be silent in this one.Acts 21:7Ptolemais
8On Paul’s first mission trip, he goes from Antioch to Antioch.  The home church is in Syria, but in what region is the other Antioch?Acts 13:14Pisidia
9A little earlier in that first missionary journey, Paul goes to Cyprus where he is confronted with a sorcerer named Bar-Jesus and Bar-Jesus becomes temporarily blind in what Cyprus city?Acts 13:6Paphos
10It does not sound much like a prisoner going to Rome to stand trial, but after Paul leaves Malta, he goes to Syracuse and Rhegium and finally in this place, he stays for a week with other believers before traveling to Rome by land.Acts 28:13Puteoli

Whether you did well on this quiz or, ummm, not so well, let’s start the ‘rewards’ for the effort with the Doxology.  This version is sung by Anthem Lights with Selah.

The hymnal that I grew up with had this for the first hymn, Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty.  This is from Acapeldridge.

And may we pray for peace, perfect peace in our world today, and as sung by the Shenandoah Christian Music Camp, Peace, Perfect Peace.

Here is Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire sung by Allyse Smith Taylor.

And if you did not notice, the first word of each of these hymns starts with the letter “P”.  We cannot Pray, nor Praise, nor beseech our Powerful God for Perfect Peace without popping a few “P’s.”

If you like these Saturday morning Bible quizzes, but you think you missed a few, you can use this LINK. I have set up a page off the home page for links to these Saturday morning posts. I will continue to modify the page as I add more.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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