Jewish Music Quiz


Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?

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Qustion 1. Which of these is an example of song in the Bible?

Abraham singing to God as he attempted to sacrifice Isaac Moses and Miriam leading the people in song after the exodus from Egypt The Israelites singing their complaints to God in the desert All of these

Qustion 2. Which composition by George Gershwin is a fusion of European classical music with pop, jazz, and blues?

Porgy and Bess Rhapsody in Blue The Jazz Singer Cuban Overture

Qustion 3. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?

Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra Harry Belafonte Bruce Springsteen Bob Dylan

Qustion 4. After the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, the topics of Israeli folk songs began to shift to:

Describing the pastoral scenes of the land Describing the construction and build up of civilization in Israel, as well as the irrigation of the deserts The political reality of the new state and the desire of the Jewish people for peace Gender issues in the new state

Qustion 5. What are the names of the hip-hop artist Subliminal's first two albums?

"The Light and the Shadow" and "The Light From Zion" "The Sun and the Moon" and "The Star of David" "Day and Night" and "Follow the Light" "The Numbers Song" and "Kobi Shimoni"

Qustion 6. Where is the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music located?

Jerusalem New York City Tel Aviv Haifa

Qustion 7. Bob Dylan's 1983 album, Infidels, contains an implicitly pro-Zionist song called:

Neighborhood Bully Highway Sixty One Revisited I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine Blowin' in the Wind

Qustion 8. Which of these statements about Fiddler on the Roof is true?

It is one of the three most succesful musicals in American history It was intended primarily for non-Jewish Broadway audiences It has for decades served as a Jewish cultural icon All of these

Qustion 9. Hava Nagila began as:

A Hasidic melody in Eastern Europe A folk melody from the Zionist movement A revolution song sung by the Jews in concentration camps A biblical melody sung by the priests in the Temple

Qustion 10. Before the 19th century, what was a key difference between Sephardic and Ashkenazic musical traditions?

Only Sephardic Jews maintained a secular musical tradition based in large part on the music of their non-Jewish neighbors Only Ashkenazic Jews incorporated music in prayer Sephardic Jews allowed women to sing, Ashkenazic Jews did not Ashkenazic Jews sang in much higher keys than Sephardic Jews
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