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. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?

Reform Jews Moroccan Jews Hasidic Jews Jewish immigrants to America

Qustion 2. Which of the following statements about Israeli folkdance is NOT true?

It was created by pioneers who wished to express their passion about returning to the Promised Land It became a national pastime in Israel It is an important way for Jews outside of Israel to connect with the Jewish state It is highly competitive

Qustion 3. Who wrote The Jew of Malta?

William Shakespeare Christopher Marlowe Ben Jonson Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Qustion 4. How did playwright Tony Kushner begin his "Angels in America"?

With a long midrash from a rabbi With a reference to Adam and Eve With Hava Nagila With a clip of a speech by Golda Meir

Qustion 5. Which of these is a common part of Jewish wedding dancing?

The groom dances while carrying the bride on his back The groomsmen perform a special dance for the bride, in private The bride and groom are hoisted up on chairs All of these

Qustion 6. What was the first American theatre to specialize in Yiddish plays?

Majestic Theatre Grand Theatre Goodman Theatre Der Yiddishe Theatre

Qustion 7. 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 8. Badhanim are

Holy priests Challah bakers Professional wedding jesters Rabbinic assitants Mystical worshippers

Qustion 9. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?

Joshua Sobel Paddy Chayevsky Hillel Mittelpunkt Hanoch Levin

Qustion 10. 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
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