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. Where was Rashi born?
Question 2. Khosrow II Parviz, who took over Jerusalem in 614 CE, was part of what empire?
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. The Second Temple was built while Jerusalem was being ruled by what empire?
Question 5. What is the name of the Roman General who conquered Palestine in 63 BCE?
Question 6. What were the two cultural sub-communities of Jews that emerged in the Middle Ages?
Ashkenazic and Sephardic
Spiritual and physical
Self-governing and politically-dependent
Orthodox and Reform
Question 7. In the fifth century, where in Arabia were most Jews concentrated?
Both a & b