Jewish Theatre & Dance QuizFrom 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?
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
Abie's Irish Rose
Death of a Salesman
Question 4. Which biblical character is main focus of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?
Question 5. What was the first American theatre to specialize in Yiddish plays?
Der Yiddishe Theatre
Question 6. Dance is a prominent expression at which of these Jewish lifecycle events?
Question 7. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?
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?
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