My Jewish Learning

Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

The history of ancient and medieval Jewish communities reveals the origins of Judaism as we know it. How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?

Question 1. When was the "golden age" for Jews in Spain?
 In the 8th and 9th centuries, under Muslim rule
 After 1248, when Christians reconquested Spain
 After 1492, when Columbus sailed from Spain to the New World
 During the time of the Mishnah


Question 2. True or False: Synagogues have been present in the land of Israel since the time of Abraham.


Question 3. What historical records exist about the fall of the desert fortress of Masada in 73 CE?
 It is mentioned in the Mishnah
 There is a written report from a Jewish child who escaped
 Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, wrote about it
 There is nothing written about it, but the Masada story has been passed down orally from generation to generation


Question 4. Who did the Maccabees revolt against?
 The Babylonians
 The Greeks
 The Romans
 The Christians


Question 5. Who was Moses' successor as leader of the Israelites?


Question 6. True or false: Archaeological evidence supports the biblical account in the Book of Joshua.


Question 7. What did inquisitors do to Isaac de Castro when he refused to convert to Christianity?
 They expelled him to Australia
 They burned him alive
 They beheaded him
 They appointed him king