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

 

Question 2. Who founded the Jewish Renewal Movement?
 Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
 Leopold Zunz
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Arthur Green

 

Question 3. 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

 

Question 4. 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 5. The theory that helped to allow Jews to leave ghettos and shift from peddling to retail was
 Imperialism
 Colonialism
 Mercantilism
 Nazism

 

Question 6. What percentage of European Jewry perished in the Holocaust?
 33
 50
 72
 90

 

Question 7. True or false: Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, was an Orthodox Jew.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. According to the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), what was the Jewish intermarriage rate in the United States?
 27%
 46%
 52%
 61%

 

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

 

Question 10. 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