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Jewish Languages Quiz

From Hebrew to Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, and Judaeo-Arabic--how much do you know about the languages that Jews spoke in the past and continue to speak today?



Question 1. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
 France
 Israel (Palestine)
 Russia
 Spain

 

Question 2. What does The National Yiddish Book Center do?
 Offer Yiddish classes to graduate students
 Preserve Jewish books
 Allow students to shelve Yiddish books in the Center's library
 All of the above

 

Question 3. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?
 Ktav ashuri
 Ktav ivri
 Lashon ha-kodesh
 Ivrit

 

Question 4. What does "Rashi script" refer to?
 The formal square or block letter hand of Hebrew
 The semi-cursive hand found in Rabbinic texts
 The cursive, flowing hand for everyday correspondence
 The common "Hebrew-style" computer font

 

Question 5. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?
 Madrid
 Tel Aviv
 Istanbul
 Jerusalem

 

Question 6. Who was the first Hebrew instructor in North America?
 Bishop Scalabrini
 Michael Strassfeld
 Judah Monis
 Rebecca Gratz

 

Question 7. Up to the beginning of the 20th century, Ladino was almost always written in
 A mix of characters from Hebrew and Spanish
 Spanish characters only
 Aramaic characters
 Hebrew characters with some modifications

 

Question 8. How is Hebrew written?
 From left to right
 From right to left
 From above to below
 From below to above

 

Question 9. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?
 30%
 75%
 90%
 50%

 

Question 10. When did Hebrew's primacy as a spoken language begin to diminish?
 After the destruction of the First Temple and the exile that followed
 After the destruction of the Second Temple and the exile that followed
 The end of the second millennium C.E.
 The arrival of the Jews in Canaan after wandering in the desert