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. In the fifth century, where in Arabia were most Jews concentrated?
 Himyar
 Hijaz
 Turkey
 Both a & b

 

Question 2. 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"?
 1
 2
 3
 4

 

Question 3. When did it become popular for Ashkenazic Jews to wear hats?
 10th century
 12th century
 14th century
 16th century

 

Question 4. 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 5. The Tannaim were teachers in what era?
 The time of the First Temple
 The First and Second Centuries
 The Middle Ages
 The Ninth Century

 

Question 6. 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 7. The Spanish Inquisition was aimed at which group?
 All Heretics
 Jews
 Protestants
 Atheists