Ancient and Medieval History QuizThe 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. The Second Temple was built while Jerusalem was being ruled by what empire?
Question 2. When did it become popular for Ashkenazic Jews to wear hats?
Question 3. In what town was King David born in?
Question 4. 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 5. What is the Zohar?
An influential book of Jewish mystical thought about each Torah portion
A pre-kabbalistic work from the time of the Geonim
A spiritual alternative to the Talmud, produced around the same time as the Talmud
An early modern collection of hasidic tales
Question 6. 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 7. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, who was appointed leader of the remaining Jews in the Land of Israel?