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. Jacob Frank was
 An activist for civil rights for Jews in the 19th century
 A French writer known for his Yiddish inflected poetry
 The progenitor of the Reform movement
 A false prophet who was a disciple of Shabbetai Tzvi

 

Question 2. Approximately how many Jews fought for the German Army in WWI?
 10,000
 25,000
 50,000
 100,000

 

Question 3. Which war moved American Jewry toward unwavering support of the State of Israel?
 World War II
 The War of Independence in 1948-49
 The Six-Day War in 1967
 The Gulf War in 1991

 

Question 4. Opponents to the Hasidic movement were called
 Geonim
 Apikorsim
 Tipshim
 Mitnaggedim

 

Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. Jews in which of these countries experienced modernity first?
 France
 Yemen
 Russia
 They all experienced modernity at the same time

 

Question 9. What year did Menachem Mendel Schneerson--the last Chabad rebbe--die?
 1985
 1990
 1994
 1999

 

Question 10. Who was the first Prime Minister of Israel?
 Chaim Weizmann
 David Ben Gurion
 Theodor Herzl
 Golda Meir