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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. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
 University of Michigan
 Brandeis University
 Harvard University
 Yale University


Question 2. 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 3. Where did Yiddish originate?
 The Soviet Union


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.


Question 7. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?


Question 8. 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 9. Who was the first Hebrew instructor in North America?
 Bishop Scalabrini
 Michael Strassfeld
 Judah Monis
 Rebecca Gratz


Question 10. What language is the Kaddish prayer?