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. What did inquisitors do to Isaac de Castro when he refused to convert to Christianity?
They expelled him to Australia
They burned him alive
They beheaded him
They appointed him king
Question 2. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, who was appointed leader of the remaining Jews in the Land of Israel?
Question 3. When did it become popular for Ashkenazic Jews to wear hats?
Question 4. Khosrow II Parviz, who took over Jerusalem in 614 CE, was part of what empire?
Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. The Tannaim were teachers in what era?
The time of the First Temple
The First and Second Centuries
The Middle Ages
The Ninth Century