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


Question 2. Who was Moses' successor as leader of the Israelites?


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


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. The Second Temple was built while Jerusalem was being ruled by what empire?


Question 7. Who were the Karaites?
 A medieval Jewish sect
 An alternative to rabbinic Judaism
 Biblical fundamentalists
 All of these