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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. Khosrow II Parviz, who took over Jerusalem in 614 CE, was part of what empire?
 Greek
 Roman
 Persian
 British

 

Question 2. In what town was King David born in?
 Jerusalem
 Eilat
 Bethlehem
 Jericho

 

Question 3. 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

 

Question 4. The construction of the Second Temple was completed in what year?
 530 CE
 70 CE
 538 BCE
 515 BCE

 

Question 5. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, who was appointed leader of the remaining Jews in the Land of Israel?
 Jeremiah
 Isaiah
 Gedaliah
 Ezra

 

Question 6. The Spanish Inquisition was aimed at which group?
 All Heretics
 Jews
 Protestants
 Atheists

 

Question 7. In 538 BCE, what did Cyrus the Great decree?
 That the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt
 That all Jews should return to Egypt
 That all Jews in Babylon should be killed
 That Jews can build a new Temple in Babylon