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 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 2. Who did the Maccabees revolt against?

The Babylonians The Greeks The Romans The Christians

Qustion 3. In 538 BCE, what did Cyrus the Great decree?

That the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt That all Jews should return to Egypt That all Jews in Babylon should be killed That Jews can build a new Temple in Babylon

Qustion 4. What was the purpose of the Crusades?

To bring an end to anti-Jewish violence in Europe To merge the centers of Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewry To recapture the Holy Land for Christianity To expose crypto-Jews who were practicing Judaism in secret

Qustion 5. True or false: Archaeological evidence supports the biblical account in the Book of Joshua.

True False

Qustion 6. When did it become popular for Ashkenazic Jews to wear hats?

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

Qustion 7. 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 8. In what town was King David born in?

Jerusalem Eilat Bethlehem Jericho

Qustion 9. Who were the Karaites?

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

Qustion 10. What year were Jews expelled from Spain?

1400 1492 1201 1810
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