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. True or false: The Middle Ages was, by and large, a time of tense relations between faiths.

True False

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

Abraham Jacob Adam Joseph

Qustion 3. What great leader conquered Palestine in 332 BCE?

Caesar Alexander the Great Constantine Nebuchadnezzar

Qustion 4. What year were Jews expelled from Spain?

1400 1492 1201 1810

Qustion 5. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, who was appointed leader of the remaining Jews in the Land of Israel?

Jeremiah Isaiah Gedaliah Ezra

Qustion 6. 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 7. The Second Temple was built while Jerusalem was being ruled by what empire?

Babylonians Greeks Romans Persian

Qustion 8. When was the "golden age" for Jews in Spain?

In the 8th and 9th centuries, under Muslim rule After 1248, when Christians reconquested Spain After 1492, when Columbus sailed from Spain to the New World During the time of the Mishnah

Qustion 9. What holiday commemorates the success of the Maccabean Revolt?

Hanukkah Tu Bishvat Purim Tisha B'Av

Qustion 10. Who were the Karaites?

A medieval Jewish sect An alternative to rabbinic Judaism Biblical fundamentalists All of these
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