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

 

Question 3. Which of these was a Jewish response to political emancipation in Europe?
 Zionism
 Socialism
 Acculturation
 All of these
 None of these

 

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

 

Question 5. The first aliyah movement to Palestine started in what year?
 1820
 1775
 1881
 1925

 

Question 6. 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 7. The British were given authority over Palestine at what conference?
 Treaty of Versailles
 Paris Peace Conference
 San Remo Convention
 Yalta Conference

 

Question 8. Who was the first Israeli astronaut in outer space?
 Ilan Ramon
 Moshe Katzav
 Yoni Netanyahu
 Eli Cohen

 

Question 9. 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 10. 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