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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 biblical king peformed David performs an ecstatic dance before the ark as it was brought to Jerusalem?


Question 2. Which biblical character is main focus of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?


Question 3. 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 4. In the mid-20th century, who was responsible for disseminating Israeli folkdances across the United States?
 Fred Berk
 Anna Sokolow
 Martha Graham
 Selma Jeanne Cohen


Question 5. 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 6. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration
 Passion Play


Question 7. 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 8. True or False: Yiddish theatre has a long history in St. Petersburg , Russia


Question 9. Who is credited with bringing Yiddish theatre from Europe to America?
 Sholom Asch
 Avram Goldfadn
 Borris Thomashevsky
 Jacob Gordin


Question 10. Dance is a prominent expression at which of these Jewish lifecycle events?