Jewish Languages QuizFrom 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?
Question 2. What language is The Zohar written in?
Question 3. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
The Jewish liturgy
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. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?
Question 6. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?
Question 7. 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
Question 8. The first attested Jewish Aramaic texts are from:
The Jewish military outpost in Elephantine
The Book of Ezra
The Book of Daniel
Question 9. What do the Hebrew letters khaf, mem, nun, pey, and tzade have in common?
They are all hard to pronounce for non-native Hebrew speakers
They are all considered late additions to the Hebrew alphabet
They are all written differently when they are at the end of a word
They are the most common letters in the Tanakh
Question 10. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?