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Jewish Languages Quiz

From Hebrew to Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, and Judaeo-Arabic--how much do you know about the languages that Jews spoke in the past and continue to speak today?



Question 1. In the Middle Ages, Hebrew was used primarily for what?
 Day-to-day conversations
 Written correspondence
 Ritual and religious purposes
 None of the above

 

Question 2. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?
 Madrid
 Tel Aviv
 Istanbul
 Jerusalem

 

Question 3. What does "Rashi script" refer to?
 The formal square or block letter hand of Hebrew
 The semi-cursive hand found in Rabbinic texts
 The cursive, flowing hand for everyday correspondence
 The common "Hebrew-style" computer font

 

Question 4. Jewish Neo-Aramaic texts are written in Hebrew, but:
 From left to right
 With a new set of vowels
 The spelling is phonetic
 Only use 20 out of the 26 Hebrew characters

 

Question 5. Up to the beginning of the 20th century, Ladino was almost always written in
 A mix of characters from Hebrew and Spanish
 Spanish characters only
 Aramaic characters
 Hebrew characters with some modifications

 

Question 6. How is Hebrew written?
 From left to right
 From right to left
 From above to below
 From below to above

 

Question 7. The first attested Jewish Aramaic texts are from:
 The Jewish military outpost in Elephantine
 The Book of Ezra
 The Book of Daniel
 The Zohar

 

Question 8. How many letters are in the Hebrew alphabet?
 26
 30
 22
 20

 

Question 9. Who introduced the system of dots and dashes that indicate how Hebrew words should be pronounced?
 Joshua (Moses' successor)
 Rabbi Akiba
 Rabbis known as the Masoretes
 Maimonides

 

Question 10. Who developed a vocabulary for modern Hebrew by incorporating words from ancient and medieval Hebrew, in addition to creating new words?
 Rashi
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Eliezer ben Yehuda
 Moses Mendelssohn