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Jewish Art Quiz

The earliest pieces of Jewish art were religious objects--Torah adornments, marriage certificates, tombstones--that were illuminated. Relatively recently, "art for art's sake" became a concept--and the Jewish world quickly adapted, producing such notable talents as Marc Chagall and Yaacov Agam. How much do you know about Jewish art?

Question 1. What was the name of the first neighborhood established outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860?
 Mishkenot Sha'ananim
 Ma'a lot Dafna
 Meah Shearim
 Beit Hanina


Question 2. Which of the following is an example of Hellenistic influence over Jewish art?
 Herod's restoration of the Jerusalem Temple
 The synagogue at Hamat Tiberias's zodiac circle with Helios the sun god and his chariot at the center
 The floor mosaic of the Bet Alpha Synagogue
 All of the above


Question 3. Which contemporary Israeli artist developed a type of minimalism strongly influenced by natural form and the Israeli landscape?
 Moshe Kupferman
 Moshe Gershuni
 Tsibi Geva
 Michael Gross


Question 4. The Supreme Court building in Jerusalem was built to face both the city and the:
 Western Wall
 Independence Hall in Tel Aviv
 The Knesset (parliament)
 Mount Herzl (military cemetery)


Question 5. The Bet Alpha Synagogue shows Greek influence in its
 Zodiac floor mosaic
 Idols of Greek gods
 Hanging gardens
 Use of marble columns
 Ceiling murals


Question 6. Who is the only Israeli artist included in H. H. Arnason's voluminous "History of Modern Art"?
 Yaacov Agam
 Michael Gross
 Nahum Gutman
 Moshe Kupferman


Question 7. When did the elaborate traditions of creating Jewish art such as illuminated ketubot and ornate silver Torah crowns and breastplates begin?
 Biblical times
 The Middle Ages
 During the European Renaissance
 During the period of immigration to America


Question 8. Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev is about a young Hasidic painter dealing with:
 The challenge of promoting his work during World War II
 The shift in Jewish art trends from the classical to modern
 The rising price of paint in his shtetl
 Choosing between religion and art


Question 9. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
 Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
 Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
 Arches and cathedral-like architecture
 Outdoor gardens


Question 10. Which biblical character was appointed to build the Tabernacle?