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. 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 2. 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 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. 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. Which of these was a Jewish response to political emancipation in Europe?
 Zionism
 Socialism
 Acculturation
 All of these
 None of these

 

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

 

Question 7. 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 8. There are no Jews living in Iran today.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. The theory that helped to allow Jews to leave ghettos and shift from peddling to retail was
 Imperialism
 Colonialism
 Mercantilism
 Nazism

 

Question 10. At present, 90% of the Jews in Africa live in what country?
 Zimbabwe
 Egypt
 Ethiopia
 South Africa