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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. What language is the Book of Daniel written in?
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Judeo-Greek

 

Question 2. What language is The Zohar written in?
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 German

 

Question 3. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?
 Judeo-Chinese
 Judeo-Italian
 Judeo-Spanish
 Yiddish
 Judeo-Greek

 

Question 4. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
 France
 Israel (Palestine)
 Russia
 Spain

 

Question 5. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
 The Bible
 The Jewish liturgy
 The Mishnah
 The Gemara

 

Question 6. Which of these Jewish thinkers berates modern Jews for neglecting the Hebrew language and, in so doing, becoming Jewishly illiterate?
 Leon Wieseltier
 Jenna Weissman Joselit
 Joseph Soloveitchik
 Abraham Geiger

 

Question 7. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?
 Russian
 English
 German
 Czech

 

Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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