The First Week: Study Helps Jeopardy – Mentors/Minions

During the first week of Seminary, it’s suggested that you teach a lesson on the study helps in the scriptures to help students get more out of their gospel study. New Testament Study Helps Jeopardy is an online Jeopardy-style game I made for my class to use for this purpose this year. It’s slanted toward New Testament. Some of these questions are fairly difficult. The category may give a hint about where to search for an answer. I use the scripture study helps (especially the Bible Dictionary) extensively during my lessons, and because my students are already pretty familiar with how to use these helps, I am asking some difficult questions.

Mentors/Minions Game

After a brief introduction to the scripture study helps, I will separate my class into groups. Each group will have one freshman (minion) and two or three upperclassmen (mentors). Mentors will quiz minions and give them tips on how to use the scripture study helps that have been helpful to them. Mentors are preparing minions for the jeopardy game to come. I will have some sample questions on the board that mentors can use to teach their minions how to use the scripture study helps. This is a timed lesson. I’ll probably go with 4-6 minutes on the timer, depending on class time.


When time is up, students will gather around the TV for our game by teams of mentors and minions. Minions will choose topics and answer questions. Mentors can assist minions only when asked for help. If a minion must ask for help to answer a question, the team may only receive half-credit for that response. If one team can not answer a question, another team may “steal” the question for full point credit. The intent of mentor/minion is to help students learn by teaching. Upperclassmen will cement their knowledge of gospel study habits by teaching freshmen. Since students learn well — sometimes better — from each other, Freshmen will also learn scripture study habits. Questions in the jeopardy-style game are formulated to help students learn the broad range of information available in gospel study helps and apply it to real questions. Allowing mentor students to help minions and allowing other teams to steal help students pay attention even when another student is answering a question.

New Testament Scripture Study Helps Jeopardy

Click the following link and enter the data to play online (also includes iPad or non-flash version):… Here is the link to the answer key with the questions and answers below:

Page Numbers

#1 The page on which the Bible Dictionary begins. What is page 599, Bible? #2 The page on which 1 Corinthians begins. What is page 1438, Bible? #3 The page on which the entry ‘BD, Gospels, Harmony of’ is found. What is page 684, Bible? #4 The page on which the Joseph Smith Translation – Appendix (JST-App) begins. What is page 797, Bible? #5 The page on which Joseph Smith Matthew (JST-Matt) begins. What is page 43, Pearl of Great Price?

Find it

#1 Alternate Greek meaning for the word ‘damsel’ in Matthew 26:69. What is ‘servant-girl’? #2 The number of full-sized columns shown in the picture of Ephesus. What is seven? Photo 31, Bible. #3 First page of the book of Philemon. What is page 1520, Bible? #4 The pools of Bethesda and Israel are north of this major landmark in Jerusalem. What is Temple Mount? Bible Maps, 12. #5 A page number for the JST for Romans 3:5-8. What is page 809, Bible?

Bible Dictionary

#1 I am the author of the Epistle (book) of James. Who is James, the brother of Jesus? BD, James, epistle of. #2 Greeks call me Esias. Who is Isaiah? BD, Esaias. #3 The Beatitudes are found in this book and chapter of the New Testament. What is Matthew 5? BD, Beatittudes. #4 It is Easter and you need a FHE lesson in 5 minutes. Where can you find scriptures on the last week of Christ’s life super fast? BD, Gospels, Harmony of, IV. The Last Week. Page 693 #5 The book of Hebrews was written to these people. BD, Hebrews, epistle to –> BD, Pauline Epistles, Hebrews. Who are Jews who were members of the Church?


#1 What is a denarius? BD, denarius –> BD, money. A silver Roman coin. #2 Which map shows the region of Samaria during New Testament Times? Map 11, Bible. #3 How many ‘Mary’s are there in the New Testament? BD, Mary. There are four, not counting Mary Magdalene. #4 Read Philippians 4:6 and explain that verse using the footnotes. Student discretion. #5 What is the fastest way to find a scripture mastery? Defend your answer. Memorization and practice, or student discretion.

General Knowledge

#1 What does the ΒΆ symbol mean in the scriptures? It shows a paragraph break before the scriptures were broken up into verses. #2 Where can you find a list of books of the Old and New Testaments? ‘The Names and Order of all the Books of the Old and New Testament’ #3 What is the difference between the Index and Topical Guide? The Index contains only information from the Triple Combination. It is based on words that actually appear in the scriptures and is useful when you know part of a scripture found in the Triple. The Topical Guide covers all four standard works and is grouped by gospel topic, not necessarily words or phrases. #4 Find a footnote that shows an alternate Greek translation in the book of Philippians. For example, Footnote Philippians 1:6a. #5 Why won’t you find the phrase ‘Lord’s prayer’ mentioned in the Topical Guide or Index? Index: the Lord’s prayer is not a phrase found in the scriptures. TG: The Lord’s Prayer is not a topic. BD, Lord’s Prayer –> Matthew 6:9-13

Final Jeopardy Question

Using scripture study helps, explain the phrase ‘kick against the pricks’. BD, prick –> BD goad. Pricks, or goads, are pointy objects used to direct animals away from danger. Kicking against the pricks means to resist good advice that can protect us.…

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