Modern History QuizQuestions 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. Jews in which of these countries experienced modernity first?
They all experienced modernity at the same time
Question 3. Which of these American Jewish institutions was created first?
Jewish Theological Seminary
Hebrew Union College
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
American Jewish University
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. What does the term hofjuden refer to?
Question 6. What percentage of European Jewry perished in the Holocaust?
Question 7. German Jews emigrated to America in the mid 19th century primarily because of
The failure of movements advocating revolution and reform
All of the above
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. Approximately how many Jews fought for the German Army in WWI?
Question 10. Opponents to the Hasidic movement were called