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 first aliyah movement to Palestine started in what year?
 1820
 1775
 1881
 1925

 

Question 2. 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 3. German Jews emigrated to America in the mid 19th century primarily because of
 Persecution
 Restrictive Laws
 Economic hardships
 The failure of movements advocating revolution and reform
 All of the above

 

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. What was the Haskalah?
 The first Jewish high school for girls
 A Zionist movement in Russia in the interwar period
 The European-based movement for Jewish enlightenment
 The idea that a Jew could be a Jew on the inside, and a secular citizen on the outside

 

Question 6. The "Night of Broken Glass" is known more famously by what name?
 Kristallnacht
 Einsatzgruppen
 Sonderweg
 Historikerstreit

 

Question 7. True or False: The 1990 National Jewish Population Survey indicated that more Jews in America identified themselves as "cultural" Jews than as "religious" Jews.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. 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 9. What name is Aziz Mehmed Effendi more commonly known by?
 Jacob Frank
 Leopold Zunz
 Shabbetai Zevi
 Nathan of Gaza

 

Question 10. What year did Menachem Mendel Schneerson--the last Chabad rebbe--die?
 1985
 1990
 1994
 1999