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. Where was Rashi born?
 France
 Germany
 Poland
 Spain

 

Question 2. Khosrow II Parviz, who took over Jerusalem in 614 CE, was part of what empire?
 Greek
 Roman
 Persian
 British

 

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?
 Babylonians
 Greeks
 Romans
 Persian

 

Question 5. What is the name of the Roman General who conquered Palestine in 63 BCE?
 Alexander
 Posidonius
 Pompey
 Aristobulus

 

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?
 Himyar
 Hijaz
 Turkey
 Both a & b