Modern History QuizQuestions of national identity and Jewish identity were central to the experience of modernity for Jews everywhere. How much do you know about Jewish history since 1650?
Question 1. Ba'al Teshuvah is roughly translated to mean what?
An assimilated Jew
A repentant sinner
Question 2. Solomon Schechter was
A theologian of Conservative Judaism
A historian who brought the Cairo genizah to prominence
A Professor of Hebrew at University College, London
All of the above
Question 3. The Reconquista (reconquest) of Spain lead to
The invention of latkes studded with pieces of ham
Many Jews going into hiding, or outwardly converting to Christianity while secretly continuing to live as Jews
Jews heading out to the far corners of Spain to reconquer the land for the King
All of the above
Question 4. What does the term hofjuden refer to?
Question 5. In the Merchant of Venice, what is the price that Shylock demands from Antonio?
A thousand ducats
A chest of gold
A pound of flesh
A hooked nose
Question 6. What was the Haskalah?
The first Jewish high school for girls
A Zionist movement in Russia in the interwar period
The European-based movement for Jewish enlightenment
The idea that a Jew could be a Jew on the inside, and a secular citizen on the outside
Question 7. Jews in which of these countries experienced modernity first?
They all experienced modernity at the same time
Question 8. The British were given authority over Palestine at what conference?
Treaty of Versailles
Paris Peace Conference
San Remo Convention
Question 9. Moses Mendelssohn was a Jewish scholar who
Learned to play the piano and later became a famous composer
Fell in love with and eventually married the Queen of Germany
First suggested that the shofar should be blown on Rosh HaShanah
Broke the traditional mold of the Jewish scholar by pursuing subjects beyond Judaism
Question 10. True or false: Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, was an Orthodox Jew.