Jewish Theatre & Dance Quiz


From Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. True or false: The rabbis in the Talmud issued bans forbidding theatre, which they considered a sinful waste of time.

True False

Qustion 2. Which of the following religions is not represented in the play Nathan der Weise?

Buddhism Judaism Christianity Islam

Qustion 3. Which noted dancer made his debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York?

Alvin Ailey Mikhail Baryshnikov Fred Astaire Gregory Hines

Qustion 4. The Murder of Isaac, a play by the Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, is about what?

The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin The biblical story of the binding of Isaac The murder of a religious Jew at the hands of a secular Israeli gang A kibbutznik who moves to Tel Aviv

Qustion 5. What is most responsible for the end to Yiddish theatre in Europe?

Almost all Yiddish actors moved to America by the turn of the 20th century Almost all Yiddish-speaking audiences moved to America by the turn of the 20th century After World War I, Jews in Europe prefered not to speak Yiddish The Holocaust

Qustion 6. What was the earliest Broadway play featuring Jewish characters?

The Diary of Anne Frank Street Scene Abie's Irish Rose Death of a Salesman

Qustion 7. Who wrote The Jew of Malta?

William Shakespeare Christopher Marlowe Ben Jonson Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Qustion 8. What was the main message of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's 1779 play, Nathan the Wise?

Religion is the opium of the masses Virtue is not bound to religion and all religions are equally important Judaism is the most true religion, but other religions should be tolerated It is best to have no religion, but if one must be religious one should choose either Judaism or Christianity

Qustion 9. Which of these Jewish playwrights explores homophobia in his work?

David Mamet Arthur Miller Tony Kushner Robert Brown

Qustion 10. Which biblical character is main focus of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?

Moses Miriam Joseph Saul Noah
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