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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. By 1650, 450,000 of the 550,000 European Jews lived where?


Question 2. Who did the Maccabees revolt against?
 The Babylonians
 The Greeks
 The Romans
 The Christians


Question 3. 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


Question 4. What number commandment (chronologically) is: "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage"?


Question 5. Rabbi Akiba believed that which contemporary of his was the Messiah?
 Bar Kochba
 Johanan Ben Zakkai


Question 6. 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 7. True or false: Archaeological evidence supports the biblical account in the Book of Joshua.