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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. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?


Question 2. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?


Question 3. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.


Question 4. What do the Hebrew words Barukh, Melekh, Tov, and Vaed have in common?
 They are all in the first sentence of the Torah
 They are among the most common words in Hebrew prayers
 They are all different words that mean "good"
 They are all palindromes


Question 5. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?


Question 6. How old is the Aramaic language?
 About 1000 years old
 Over 3000 years old
 Precisely 2010 years old
 200 years old


Question 7. What language is the Book of Daniel written in?


Question 8. 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 9. According to rabbinic literature, Hebrew is the language of whom?
 The angels
 All humanity
 All of these


Question 10. 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