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?

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Qustion 1. Which noted dancer made his debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York?

Alvin Ailey Mikhail Baryshnikov Fred Astaire Gregory Hines

Qustion 2. What was the central theme of the Hebrew plays written in Palestine (pre-state Israel)?

Pioneering The limits of Socialism The dangers of capitalism Racism

Qustion 3. Which of the following religions is not represented in the play Nathan der Weise?

Buddhism Judaism Christianity Islam

Qustion 4. What happened in 1933, after Hitler came to power, and Jewish actors were ousted in Germany?

Nearly all German Jewish actors moved to America or Israel Jewish actors who were able to hide their Jewishness continued to star on German stages German Jewish actors saturated the theatre scene in Vienna, Austria Jewish actors and the public formed the Juedischer Kulturbund ("Jewish Cultural League")

Qustion 5. Who was Anna Sokolow?

An American Jewish dancer and choreographer An Israeli dancer and choreographer A Jewish theatre critic A patron of Jewish performing arts

Qustion 6. True or false: The rabbis in the Talmud issued bans forbidding theatre, which they considered a sinful waste of time.

True False

Qustion 7. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration

Monologue Shpeil Passion Play Graggar

Qustion 8. Who is credited with bringing Yiddish theatre from Europe to America?

Sholom Asch Avram Goldfadn Borris Thomashevsky Jacob Gordin

Qustion 9. Which Shakespearean play has received the most criticism for being anti-Semitic?

Hamlet Macbeth Merchant of Venice Troilus and Cressida

Qustion 10. Which biblical king peformed David performs an ecstatic dance before the ark as it was brought to Jerusalem?

Saul Solomon David Jehu Omri
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