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

 

Question 2. 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 3. Who founded the Jewish Renewal Movement?
 Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
 Leopold Zunz
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Arthur Green

 

Question 4. 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 5. At present, 90% of the Jews in Africa live in what country?
 Zimbabwe
 Egypt
 Ethiopia
 South Africa

 

Question 6. After the fall of communism, what city became home to the largest Russian-Jewish population?
 Moscow
 St. Petersburg
 Tel Aviv
 New York

 

Question 7. What is the name of the terrorist group that plotted the Entebbe hijacking in 1976?
 Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
 Hamas
 Palestinian Liberation Organization
 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

 

Question 8. Jews in which of these countries experienced modernity first?
 France
 Yemen
 Russia
 They all experienced modernity at the same time

 

Question 9. Of these four continents, which has the largest Jewish population?
 Europe
 Africa
 South America
 Australia (and New Zealand)

 

Question 10. True or false: Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, was an Orthodox Jew.
 True
 False