Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

The history of ancient and medieval Jewish communities reveals the origins of Judaism as we know it. How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?

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Qustion 1. What did inquisitors do to Isaac de Castro when he refused to convert to Christianity?

They expelled him to Australia They burned him alive They beheaded him They appointed him king

Qustion 2. According to the Bible, who was Isaac's father?

Abraham Jacob Adam Joseph

Qustion 3. What is the Zohar?

An influential book of Jewish mystical thought about each Torah portion A pre-kabbalistic work from the time of the Geonim A spiritual alternative to the Talmud, produced around the same time as the Talmud An early modern collection of hasidic tales

Qustion 4. When did it become popular for Ashkenazic Jews to wear hats?

10th century 12th century 14th century 16th century

Qustion 5. Who did the Maccabees revolt against?

The Babylonians The Greeks The Romans The Christians

Qustion 6. The Spanish Inquisition was aimed at which group?

All Heretics Jews Protestants Atheists

Qustion 7. Who built the First Temple in Israel?

King Saul King David King Solomon King Jeroboam

Qustion 8. By 1650, 450,000 of the 550,000 European Jews lived where?

Germany France Poland-Lithuania England

Qustion 9. What were the two cultural sub-communities of Jews that emerged in the Middle Ages?

Ashkenazic and Sephardic Spiritual and physical Self-governing and politically-dependent Orthodox and Reform

Qustion 10. The Second Temple was built while Jerusalem was being ruled by what empire?

Babylonians Greeks Romans Persian
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