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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. Where did Yiddish originate?
 The Soviet Union


Question 2. 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 3. Who developed a vocabulary for modern Hebrew by incorporating words from ancient and medieval Hebrew, in addition to creating new words?
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Eliezer ben Yehuda
 Moses Mendelssohn


Question 4. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?


Question 5. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
 14th century
 15th century
 16th century
 17th century


Question 6. 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 7. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
 Israel (Palestine)


Question 8. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.


Question 9. 7. Which of the following is NOT a similarity between Hebrew and Yiddish?
 The two languages share the same alphabet.
 Both are Semitic languages, belonging to the Afroasiatic family of languages
 Both languages are read from right to left.
 Neither language uses capital letters.


Question 10. 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