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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 mostly Hebrew?
 The Bible
 The Jewish liturgy
 The Mishnah
 The Gemara

 

Question 2. Where did Yiddish originate?
 Poland
 The Soviet Union
 Germany
 Hungary
 Lithuania

 

Question 3. What is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?
 Okhel
 Mayim
 Mits
 Lehem
 Halav

 

Question 4. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
 14th century
 15th century
 16th century
 17th century

 

Question 5. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Who developed a vocabulary for modern Hebrew by incorporating words from ancient and medieval Hebrew, in addition to creating new words?
 Rashi
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Eliezer ben Yehuda
 Moses Mendelssohn

 

Question 7. What language is The Zohar written in?
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 German

 

Question 8. Who was the first Hebrew instructor in North America?
 Bishop Scalabrini
 Michael Strassfeld
 Judah Monis
 Rebecca Gratz

 

Question 9. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?
 Judeo-Chinese
 Judeo-Italian
 Judeo-Spanish
 Yiddish
 Judeo-Greek

 

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