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

 

Question 2. Who was the American President at the time of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty?
 Gerald Ford
 Jimmy Carter
 Ronald Reagan
 George H.W. Bush

 

Question 3. Jacob Frank was
 An activist for civil rights for Jews in the 19th century
 A French writer known for his Yiddish inflected poetry
 The progenitor of the Reform movement
 A false prophet who was a disciple of Shabbetai Tzvi

 

Question 4. 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 5. Jews in which of these countries experienced modernity first?
 France
 Yemen
 Russia
 They all experienced modernity at the same time

 

Question 6. What year did Menachem Mendel Schneerson--the last Chabad rebbe--die?
 1985
 1990
 1994
 1999

 

Question 7. What is the largest Jewish denomination in the United States?
 Reform
 Reconstructionist
 Conservative
 Orthodox

 

Question 8. 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 9. Opponents to the Hasidic movement were called
 Geonim
 Apikorsim
 Tipshim
 Mitnaggedim

 

Question 10. Ba'al Teshuvah is roughly translated to mean what?
 An assimilated Jew
 A non-Zionist
 A bachelor
 A repentant sinner