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 is the name of the terrorist group that plotted the Entebbe hijacking in 1976?
 Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
 Palestinian Liberation Organization
 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine


Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. According to the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), what was the Jewish intermarriage rate in the United States?


Question 5. Which of these American Jewish institutions was created first?
 Jewish Theological Seminary
 Hebrew Union College
 Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
 American Jewish University


Question 6. Which of these denominations was established first?


Question 7. 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 8. Meir Kahane was the founder of what organization?
 Jewish Defense League
 B'nai Brith
 Jews Against the Occupation
 National Jewish Republican Coalition


Question 9. Approximately how many Jews fought for the German Army in WWI?


Question 10. What year did Menachem Mendel Schneerson--the last Chabad rebbe--die?