My Jewish Learning

Modern History Quiz

Questions 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. There are no Jews living in Iran today.


Question 2. Who is credited with delivering the first Yiddish socialist speech in America?
 Karl Marx
 Leon Trotsky
 Emma Goldman
 Abraham Cahan


Question 3. 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 4. Opponents to the Hasidic movement were called


Question 5. Leo Frank was
 A Jewish man lynched by a Southern mob
 The leader of the Brit Shalom movement
 The Bostoner Rebbe
 A Kosher pastry chef in Chicago


Question 6. According to the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), what was the Jewish intermarriage rate in the United States?


Question 7. Who was the first Prime Minister of Israel?
 Chaim Weizmann
 David Ben Gurion
 Theodor Herzl
 Golda Meir


Question 8. Ba'al Teshuvah is roughly translated to mean what?
 An assimilated Jew
 A non-Zionist
 A bachelor
 A repentant sinner


Question 9. Jews in which of these countries experienced modernity first?
 They all experienced modernity at the same time


Question 10. Who founded the Jewish Renewal Movement?
 Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
 Leopold Zunz
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Arthur Green