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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 Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
 Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
 Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
 Arches and cathedral-like architecture
 Outdoor gardens


Question 3. Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev is about a young Hasidic painter dealing with:
 The challenge of promoting his work during World War II
 The shift in Jewish art trends from the classical to modern
 The rising price of paint in his shtetl
 Choosing between religion and art


Question 4. Some Jewish homes have a mizrach hanging on the wall, which is meant to remind people
 Of all of the suffering Jews have faced throughout history
 What time to light Shabbat candles
 Which way to direct their prayers (to the east)
 Of their Jewish heritage


Question 5. Which city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?
 Tel Aviv


Question 6. Camile Pissaro is best known as a/an
 Abstract artist


Question 7. When did Anna Ticho, famous for her drawings of the Jerusalem hills, first move to Jerusalem?
 She was born there


Question 8. Jerusalem stone is known for its
 Distinct layers multi-colored
 White or cream-colored marble
 Charcoal color
 Similarity to granite


Question 9. Which artist thought of himself as "Roosevelt's soldier with a pen"?
 Arthur Szyk
 Ben Hecht
 Tobi Kahn
 Jules Olitski


Question 10. Which modern Jewish artist was known for using a spray gun on his paintings?
 Marc Chagall
 Jasper Johns
 Jules Olitski
 Harold Rosenberg