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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. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?
 Reform Jews
 Moroccan Jews
 Hasidic Jews
 Jewish immigrants to America

 

Question 2. 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 3. What is the name of Israel's National Theatre?
 Habimah Theatre
 Ohel Theatre
 Avodah Ensemble
 Lovers of the Hebrew Stage

 

Question 4. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to
 Prague
 Kiev
 Tel Aviv
 New York

 

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 is known as the father of Yiddish theatre?
 Avram Goldfadn
 Sholem Asch
 Sholem Aleichem
 Jacob Gordin

 

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

 

Question 8. 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 9. What was the first American theatre to specialize in Yiddish plays?
 Majestic Theatre
 Grand Theatre
 Goodman Theatre
 Der Yiddishe Theatre

 

Question 10. Which biblical character is main focus of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?
 Moses
 Miriam
 Joseph
 Saul
 Noah