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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. Which city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?
 Tel Aviv
 Haifa
 Jerusalem
 Eilat
 Beersheva

 

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

 

Question 3. 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

 

Question 4. How did Moshe Kupferman express his experience in Polish concentration camps through his paintings?
 He employed muted colors and geometric formations
 He only painted in shades of black
 He used finger painting and other child-like qualities to represent a loss of innocence
 He blended photography, newspaper clippings, and other mediums into his work

 

Question 5. When did Anna Ticho, famous for her drawings of the Jerusalem hills, first move to Jerusalem?
 1893
 1912
 1948
 She was born there

 

Question 6. Which biblical character was appointed to build the Tabernacle?
 Moses
 Bezalel
 Joshua
 Miriam
 Abraham

 

Question 7. Archie Rand is famous for painting a synagogue mural in which American city?
 San Francisco, California
 Newport, Rhode Island
 Brooklyn, New York
 Dallas, Texas

 

Question 8. What was the name of the first neighborhood established outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860?
 Mishkenot Sha'ananim
 Ma'a lot Dafna
 Meah Shearim
 Beit Hanina

 

Question 9. Which Jewish artist designed the stained-glass windows for the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center?
 Chaim Segal
 Marc Chagall
 Chaim Soutine
 Arthur Szyk

 

Question 10. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
 Marie Antoinette
 Cleopatra
 Dolly Madison
 Anne Boleyn