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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. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?
 Contractions
 Colloquialisms
 Misspellings
 Vowels

 

Question 2. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?
 Ktav ashuri
 Ktav ivri
 Lashon ha-kodesh
 Ivrit

 

Question 3. 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 4. Who designed Israel's official seal and its first postage stamp, as well as the fonts for the first original edition of the Hebrew Bible published in Israel?
 Eliyahu Koren
 Ismar David
 Zvi Narkis
 Daniel Bomberg

 

Question 5. How many letters are in the Hebrew alphabet?
 26
 30
 22
 20

 

Question 6. What do the Hebrew words Barukh, Melekh, Tov, and Vaed have in common?
 They are all in the first sentence of the Torah
 They are among the most common words in Hebrew prayers
 They are all different words that mean "good"
 They are all palindromes

 

Question 7. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?
 Judeo-Chinese
 Judeo-Italian
 Judeo-Spanish
 Yiddish
 Judeo-Greek

 

Question 8. Which is NOT a name for Ladino?
 Spanyol
 Judezmo
 Solitreo
 Judió

 

Question 9. Which of these Jewish thinkers berates modern Jews for neglecting the Hebrew language and, in so doing, becoming Jewishly illiterate?
 Leon Wieseltier
 Jenna Weissman Joselit
 Joseph Soloveitchik
 Abraham Geiger

 

Question 10. How is Hebrew written?
 From left to right
 From right to left
 From above to below
 From below to above