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. 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 2. German Jews emigrated to America in the mid 19th century primarily because of
 Persecution
 Restrictive Laws
 Economic hardships
 The failure of movements advocating revolution and reform
 All of the above

 

Question 3. Which of the following figures was approached to be the President of the State of Israel?
 Louis Brandeis
 Albert Einstein
 Benjamin Cardozo
 Elie Weisel

 

Question 4. Opponents to the Hasidic movement were called
 Geonim
 Apikorsim
 Tipshim
 Mitnaggedim

 

Question 5. True or False: Originally, Hasidic leadership was passed on to the most outstanding disciple of the Rebbe or Zaddik when he died.
 True
 False

 

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

 

Question 7. In December of 1862 General Ulysses Grant expelled all Jews from Kentucky, Tennesse and Mississippi.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. Who was the Baal Shem Tov?
 The founder of Hasidism
 An early modern Sephardic leader
 A famous cheder teacher in Poland
 The rabbi of Vilna, famous for creating a golem

 

Question 9. 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 10. The "Night of Broken Glass" is known more famously by what name?
 Kristallnacht
 Einsatzgruppen
 Sonderweg
 Historikerstreit