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. One of the only famous female tzaddiks was named
 The Dame of Dusseldorf
 The Maid of Ludomir
 The Lady of Warsaw
 The Mistress of Lvov

 

Question 2. The first aliyah movement to Palestine started in what year?
 1820
 1775
 1881
 1925

 

Question 3. The British were given authority over Palestine at what conference?
 Treaty of Versailles
 Paris Peace Conference
 San Remo Convention
 Yalta Conference

 

Question 4. 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 5. 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

 

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

 

Question 7. The "Night of Broken Glass" is known more famously by what name?
 Kristallnacht
 Einsatzgruppen
 Sonderweg
 Historikerstreit

 

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. What was the name of the ship of German Jewish refugees that was turned away from both American and Cuban ports in 1939?
 Nina
 Pinta
 St. Albans
 St. Louis

 

Question 10. After the fall of communism, what city became home to the largest Russian-Jewish population?
 Moscow
 St. Petersburg
 Tel Aviv
 New York