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

 

Question 2. 7. Which of the following is NOT a similarity between Hebrew and Yiddish?
 The two languages share the same alphabet.
 Both are Semitic languages, belonging to the Afroasiatic family of languages
 Both languages are read from right to left.
 Neither language uses capital letters.

 

Question 3. How many letters are in the Hebrew alphabet?
 26
 30
 22
 20

 

Question 4. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
 University of Michigan
 Brandeis University
 Harvard University
 Yale University

 

Question 5. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
 14th century
 15th century
 16th century
 17th century

 

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

 

Question 7. What language is the Book of Daniel written in?
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Judeo-Greek

 

Question 8. What language is The Zohar written in?
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 German

 

Question 9. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
 The Bible
 The Jewish liturgy
 The Mishnah
 The Gemara

 

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