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. 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 2. What is the Zohar?
 An influential book of Jewish mystical thought about each Torah portion
 A pre-kabbalistic work from the time of the Geonim
 A spiritual alternative to the Talmud, produced around the same time as the Talmud
 An early modern collection of hasidic tales


Question 3. What holiday commemorates the success of the Maccabean Revolt?
 Tu Bishvat
 Tisha B'Av


Question 4. Who wrote the Shulhan Arukh?
 Isaac Luria
 Joseph Caro


Question 5. The Second Temple was built while Jerusalem was being ruled by what empire?


Question 6. True or False: Synagogues have been present in the land of Israel since the time of Abraham.


Question 7. The Spanish Inquisition was aimed at which group?
 All Heretics