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Jewish Art Quiz

The earliest pieces of Jewish art were religious objects--Torah adornments, marriage certificates, tombstones--that were illuminated. Relatively recently, "art for art's sake" became a concept--and the Jewish world quickly adapted, producing such notable talents as Marc Chagall and Yaacov Agam. How much do you know about Jewish art?



Question 1. The Bet Alpha Synagogue shows Greek influence in its
 Zodiac floor mosaic
 Idols of Greek gods
 Hanging gardens
 Use of marble columns
 Ceiling murals

 

Question 2. The Second Commandment prohibits
 Graven images
 Desecrating the Sabbath
 Murder
 Adultery

 

Question 3. Who was Moshe Safdie?
 Israel's first internationally-known glass blower
 Israel's first internationally-known architect
 Israel's first internationally-known sculptor
 Israel's first internationally-known photographer

 

Question 4. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?
 England
 Israel
 United States
 Canada

 

Question 5. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
 Marie Antoinette
 Cleopatra
 Dolly Madison
 Anne Boleyn

 

Question 6. What was Chaim Soutine's signature style?
 Sharp edges
 Thick, black lines
 Dot painting
 Wavy elongation of bodies

 

Question 7. Modigliani, an Italian Jewish painter of the early 20th century, settled in which European city?
 Florence
 Madrid
 Paris
 Lisbon

 

Question 8. Which object is described as a piece of art made by Moses himself
 The Ten Commandments
 The Temple entryway
 The Bronze Serpent
 The Burning Bush
 The Golden Calf

 

Question 9. Jerusalem stone is known for its
 Distinct layers multi-colored
 White or cream-colored marble
 Charcoal color
 Similarity to granite

 

Question 10. A shivviti hanging in a synagogue would use these Hebrew letters
 Aleph, Bet, Gimel, Daled
 Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay
 Shin, Lamed, Vav, Mem
 Shin, Vav, Vav, Tav
 Bet, Reish, Vav, Chaf