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    The Old Testament prophet Daniel proposes a test regarding diet. In this research question, Daniel and Melzar conduct a test regarding diet and demonstrated the use of a stated or implied research question and/or hypothesis.

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    According to Daniel 1, Daniel proposed to the steward over him that a research project be conducted whereby he (Daniel) and his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah would consume only vegetables and water for 10 days. Daniel's hypothesis was that he and his friends would appear as healthy as the other young men who had eaten the best from the King's table. Daniel proposed this research project with the purpose of keeping the dietary requirements of his religion; he did not want to defile himself by eating food prohibited by Jewish law.
    At the end of the 10 day test period, the appearance of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah would be compared to that of the young men who ate the King's delicacies. The result of the stated research question was that Daniel and his friends actually looked healthier than the others. According to Daniel 1: 15, they "appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the King's delicacies." Thus Daniel's hypothesis was proved correct.

    The boys names were changed as follows: Daniel was renamed Belteshazzar, Hananiah was called Shadrach, Mishael was called Meshach, Azariah was renamed Abed-Nego. Ashpenaz is the name of the master of the ...

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    Daniel proposes a research project to the king's steward so as to keep avoid becoming defiled by food.