My Jewish Learning

Who is a Jew Quiz

There are many kinds of Jews, and many legal definitions of Jewishness. How much do you know about the spectrum of Jewish identity?

Question 1. Which of these Jewish symbols is not specific to Ashkenazic culture?
 Tefillin (phylacteries)
 Black hats


Question 2. What is the historical definition of a Jew?
 Anyone who swears fealty to the Jewish God
 Anyone born to a Jewish mother or who converts to Judaism
 Anyone who takes the religion of Judaism upon themselves
 Anyone who has eaten wine and challah on Shabbat


Question 3. Why is Philip Roth's novel Portnoy's Complaint sometimes seen as anti-Semitic?
 It portrays Jewish men as sexually deviant
 It portrays Jewish men as inclined to prey on gentile women
 It portrays Jewish women as nagging and sexually uninterested
 All of these
 None of these


Question 4. Which of the following movements accepts patrilineal descent as an acceptable component toward establishing a person's Jewish status?
 Ger Hasidism
 Reconstructionist Judaism
 Conservative Judaism
 Orthodox Judaism


Question 5. The Law of Return
 Grants Israeli citizenship to any Jewish person
 Grants Israeli citizenship to anyone with a single Jewish grandparent or a Jewish spouse
 Grants Israeli citizenship to some people whom Israel's rabbinate does not consider Jewish
 All of these
 None of these


Question 6. Which of the following is not one of the main religious groups of Jews?


Question 7. What is giyur?
 A convert
 A potential convert
 A descendant of one of the Seven Nations