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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. In what play does Jakie Rabinowitz abandon his past, his father, and his love for cantorial music to become the American jazz star Jack Robin?
 Awake and Sing!
 The Jazz Singer
 Fiddler on the Roof
 The Producers

 

Question 2. True or false: Hasidic circle dancing can last for hours.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. Which of these biblical women is associated with dance?
 Sarah
 Rachel
 Miriam
 Hannah

 

Question 4. What is most responsible for the end to Yiddish theatre in Europe?
 Almost all Yiddish actors moved to America by the turn of the 20th century
 Almost all Yiddish-speaking audiences moved to America by the turn of the 20th century
 After World War I, Jews in Europe prefered not to speak Yiddish
 The Holocaust

 

Question 5. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
 Joshua Sobel
 Paddy Chayevsky
 Hillel Mittelpunkt
 Hanoch Levin

 

Question 6. 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 7. Dance is a prominent expression at which of these Jewish lifecycle events?
 Weddings
 Conversions
 Circumcisions
 Graduations

 

Question 8. What was the first American theatre to specialize in Yiddish plays?
 Majestic Theatre
 Grand Theatre
 Goodman Theatre
 Der Yiddishe Theatre

 

Question 9. Which of these plays by Arthur Miller does not explicitly address Jewish themes, but has still been called a "Jewish" work?
 The American Clock
 Playing for Time
 Broken Glass
 Death of a Salesman

 

Question 10. True or False: Yiddish theatre has a long history in St. Petersburg , Russia
 True
 False