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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 of these biblical women is associated with dance?
 Sarah
 Rachel
 Miriam
 Hannah

 

Question 2. What was the earliest Broadway play featuring Jewish characters?
 The Diary of Anne Frank
 Street Scene
 Abie's Irish Rose
 Death of a Salesman

 

Question 3. Which of these Jewish playwrights explores homophobia in his work?
 David Mamet
 Arthur Miller
 Tony Kushner
 Robert Brown

 

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. 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 6. 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 7. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
 Joshua Sobel
 Paddy Chayevsky
 Hillel Mittelpunkt
 Hanoch Levin

 

Question 8. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration
 Monologue
 Shpeil
 Passion Play
 Graggar

 

Question 9. Which biblical king peformed David performs an ecstatic dance before the ark as it was brought to Jerusalem?
 Saul
 Solomon
 David
 Jehu
 Omri

 

Question 10. Which of the following religions is not represented in the play Nathan der Weise?
 Buddhism
 Judaism
 Christianity
 Islam