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


Question 2. 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 3. Which Jewish artist designed the stained-glass windows for the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center?
 Chaim Segal
 Marc Chagall
 Chaim Soutine
 Arthur Szyk


Question 4. When did the elaborate traditions of creating Jewish art such as illuminated ketubot and ornate silver Torah crowns and breastplates begin?
 Biblical times
 The Middle Ages
 During the European Renaissance
 During the period of immigration to America


Question 5. Jerusalem stone is known for its
 Distinct layers multi-colored
 White or cream-colored marble
 Charcoal color
 Similarity to granite


Question 6. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"
 Marc Chagall
 Daniel Moritz Oppenheim
 Mark Rothko
 Peter Max
 Chaim Soutine


Question 7. Camile Pissaro is best known as a/an
 Abstract artist


Question 8. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as
 Marie Antoinette
 Dolly Madison
 Anne Boleyn


Question 9. 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 10. The Second Commandment prohibits
 Graven images
 Desecrating the Sabbath