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

 

Question 2. 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 3. The Murder of Isaac, a play by the Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, is about what?
 The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
 The biblical story of the binding of Isaac
 The murder of a religious Jew at the hands of a secular Israeli gang
 A kibbutznik who moves to Tel Aviv

 

Question 4. Who authored "The Comedy of Betrothal"--the oldest existing Hebrew play?
 Yehuda Sommo, in 16th century Italy
 Avram Goldfadn, though he later became more famous for his works in Yiddish
 Solomon Ibn Gabirol, in 11th century Spain
 Max Nordau, Theodor Herzl's right-hand man

 

Question 5. 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 6. Who was Anna Sokolow?
 An American Jewish dancer and choreographer
 An Israeli dancer and choreographer
 A Jewish theatre critic
 A patron of Jewish performing arts

 

Question 7. 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 8. Who wrote The Jew of Malta?
 William Shakespeare
 Christopher Marlowe
 Ben Jonson
 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

 

Question 9. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to
 Prague
 Kiev
 Tel Aviv
 New York

 

Question 10. What was the first American theatre to specialize in Yiddish plays?
 Majestic Theatre
 Grand Theatre
 Goodman Theatre
 Der Yiddishe Theatre