Ancient and Medieval History QuizThe 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 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 2. 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 3. Which biblical book covers the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites?
Question 4. Where was Rashi born?
Question 5. 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 6. Hai Gaon was the head of what educational institution?
College of Grenada
College of Madrid
College of Toledo
College of Pumbedita
Question 7. In the fifth century, where in Arabia were most Jews concentrated?
Both a & b