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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. Who is credited with bringing Yiddish theatre from Europe to America?
 Sholom Asch
 Avram Goldfadn
 Borris Thomashevsky
 Jacob Gordin

 

Question 2. Which Shakespearean play has received the most criticism for being anti-Semitic?
 Hamlet
 Macbeth
 Merchant of Venice
 Troilus and Cressida

 

Question 3. How did playwright Tony Kushner begin his "Angels in America"?
 With a long midrash from a rabbi
 With a reference to Adam and Eve
 With Hava Nagila
 With a clip of a speech by Golda Meir

 

Question 4. True or False: Yiddish theatre has a long history in St. Petersburg , Russia
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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

 

Question 6. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to
 Prague
 Kiev
 Tel Aviv
 New York

 

Question 7. Beginning in the Middle Ages, which Jewish holiday was associated with theatre productions?
 Passover
 Hanukkah
 Purim
 Sukkot

 

Question 8. Which of the following religions is not represented in the play Nathan der Weise?
 Buddhism
 Judaism
 Christianity
 Islam

 

Question 9. What is the name of Israel's National Theatre?
 Habimah Theatre
 Ohel Theatre
 Avodah Ensemble
 Lovers of the Hebrew Stage

 

Question 10. Which noted dancer made his debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York?
 Alvin Ailey
 Mikhail Baryshnikov
 Fred Astaire
 Gregory Hines