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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. True or false: Hasidic circle dancing can last for hours.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. Dance is a prominent expression at which of these Jewish lifecycle events?
 Weddings
 Conversions
 Circumcisions
 Graduations

 

Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. Who was Sara Levi-Tanai?
 An Israeli actor
 An Israeli dancer
 An Israeli theatre director
 An Israeli theatre critic

 

Question 6. Beginning in the Middle Ages, which Jewish holiday was associated with theatre productions?
 Passover
 Hanukkah
 Purim
 Sukkot

 

Question 7. What is the name of Israel's National Theatre?
 Habimah Theatre
 Ohel Theatre
 Avodah Ensemble
 Lovers of the Hebrew Stage

 

Question 8. Which Shakespearean play has received the most criticism for being anti-Semitic?
 Hamlet
 Macbeth
 Merchant of Venice
 Troilus and Cressida

 

Question 9. 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 10. 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