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


Question 2. Solomon Schechter was
 A theologian of Conservative Judaism
 A historian who brought the Cairo genizah to prominence
 A Professor of Hebrew at University College, London
 All of the above


Question 3. 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 4. What does the term hofjuden refer to?
 Hasidic Jews
 Court Jews
 Assimilated Jews


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. Jews in which of these countries experienced modernity first?
 They all experienced modernity at the same time


Question 8. The British were given authority over Palestine at what conference?
 Treaty of Versailles
 Paris Peace Conference
 San Remo Convention
 Yalta Conference


Question 9. 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 10. True or false: Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, was an Orthodox Jew.