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. 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?
 Hasidic Jews
 Court Jews
 Assimilated Jews


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
 Restrictive Laws
 Economic hardships
 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