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Jewish Theatre & Dance Quiz

From Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?



Question 1. Which of these Jewish playwrights explores homophobia in his work?
 David Mamet
 Arthur Miller
 Tony Kushner
 Robert Brown

 

Question 2. What was the main message of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's 1779 play, Nathan the Wise?
 Religion is the opium of the masses
 Virtue is not bound to religion and all religions are equally important
 Judaism is the most true religion, but other religions should be tolerated
 It is best to have no religion, but if one must be religious one should choose either Judaism or Christianity

 

Question 3. What was the earliest Broadway play featuring Jewish characters?
 The Diary of Anne Frank
 Street Scene
 Abie's Irish Rose
 Death of a Salesman

 

Question 4. Which biblical character is main focus of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?
 Moses
 Miriam
 Joseph
 Saul
 Noah

 

Question 5. What was the first American theatre to specialize in Yiddish plays?
 Majestic Theatre
 Grand Theatre
 Goodman Theatre
 Der Yiddishe Theatre

 

Question 6. Dance is a prominent expression at which of these Jewish lifecycle events?
 Weddings
 Conversions
 Circumcisions
 Graduations

 

Question 7. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?
 Reform Jews
 Moroccan Jews
 Hasidic Jews
 Jewish immigrants to America

 

Question 8. Which of the following statements about Israeli folkdance is NOT true?
 It was created by pioneers who wished to express their passion about returning to the Promised Land
 It became a national pastime in Israel
 It is an important way for Jews outside of Israel to connect with the Jewish state
 It is highly competitive

 

Question 9. Which of these biblical women is associated with dance?
 Sarah
 Rachel
 Miriam
 Hannah

 

Question 10. Which of these is a common part of Jewish wedding dancing?
 The groom dances while carrying the bride on his back
 The groomsmen perform a special dance for the bride, in private
 The bride and groom are hoisted up on chairs
 All of these