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. 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 2. 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 3. Which of the following figures was approached to be the President of the State of Israel?
 Louis Brandeis
 Albert Einstein
 Benjamin Cardozo
 Elie Weisel


Question 4. Opponents to the Hasidic movement were called


Question 5. True or False: Originally, Hasidic leadership was passed on to the most outstanding disciple of the Rebbe or Zaddik when he died.


Question 6. Ba'al Teshuvah is roughly translated to mean what?
 An assimilated Jew
 A non-Zionist
 A bachelor
 A repentant sinner


Question 7. In December of 1862 General Ulysses Grant expelled all Jews from Kentucky, Tennesse and Mississippi.


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. The Reconquista (reconquest) of Spain lead to
 The invention of latkes studded with pieces of ham
 Many Jews going into hiding, or outwardly converting to Christianity while secretly continuing to live as Jews
 Jews heading out to the far corners of Spain to reconquer the land for the King
 All of the above


Question 10. The "Night of Broken Glass" is known more famously by what name?