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. 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 2. 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 3. Which war moved American Jewry toward unwavering support of the State of Israel?
 World War II
 The War of Independence in 1948-49
 The Six-Day War in 1967
 The Gulf War in 1991


Question 4. How did Harry Houdini die?
 He drowned
 He fell off a tightrope
 He was punched in the stomach by a fan
 He had a heart attack


Question 5. Which of these was a Jewish response to political emancipation in Europe?
 All of these
 None of these


Question 6. Ba'al Teshuvah is roughly translated to mean what?
 An assimilated Jew
 A non-Zionist
 A bachelor
 A repentant sinner


Question 7. 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 8. There are no Jews living in Iran today.


Question 9. The theory that helped to allow Jews to leave ghettos and shift from peddling to retail was


Question 10. At present, 90% of the Jews in Africa live in what country?
 South Africa