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

 

Question 3. Who was Sara Levi-Tanai?
 An Israeli actor
 An Israeli dancer
 An Israeli theatre director
 An Israeli theatre critic

 

Question 4. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration
 Monologue
 Shpeil
 Passion Play
 Graggar

 

Question 5. What is the name of Israel's National Theatre?
 Habimah Theatre
 Ohel Theatre
 Avodah Ensemble
 Lovers of the Hebrew Stage

 

Question 6. What was the central theme of the Hebrew plays written in Palestine (pre-state Israel)?
 Pioneering
 The limits of Socialism
 The dangers of capitalism
 Racism

 

Question 7. Which biblical king peformed David performs an ecstatic dance before the ark as it was brought to Jerusalem?
 Saul
 Solomon
 David
 Jehu
 Omri

 

Question 8. 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 9. Who is known as the father of Yiddish theatre?
 Avram Goldfadn
 Sholem Asch
 Sholem Aleichem
 Jacob Gordin

 

Question 10. True or false: The rabbis in the Talmud issued bans forbidding theatre, which they considered a sinful waste of time.
 True
 False