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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. What holiday commemorates the success of the Maccabean Revolt?
 Tu Bishvat
 Tisha B'Av


Question 2. The Spanish Inquisition was aimed at which group?
 All Heretics


Question 3. What happened in the Land of Israel in the early seventh century?
 It was a time of relative peace and tranquility
 Jewish residents were forcibly converted to Christianity
 All Jews left the area
 Within 24 years, the country changed hands three times


Question 4. Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhak is better known as whom?
 Baal Shem Tov


Question 5. 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 6. When was the "golden age" for Jews in Spain?
 In the 8th and 9th centuries, under Muslim rule
 After 1248, when Christians reconquested Spain
 After 1492, when Columbus sailed from Spain to the New World
 During the time of the Mishnah


Question 7. By 1650, 450,000 of the 550,000 European Jews lived where?