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Jewish Music Quiz

Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?

Question 1. Which of these is an example of song in the Bible?
 Abraham singing to God as he attempted to sacrifice Isaac
 Moses and Miriam leading the people in song after the exodus from Egypt
 The Israelites singing their complaints to God in the desert
 All of these


Question 2. When Wagner claimed in his essay "Judaism in Music" that Jews could never be "true" creators because they are parasitic, Arnold Schoenberg created what musical response?
 Cain and Abel
 Moses and Aaron
 Rachel and Leah
 Jacob and Esau


Question 3. Salamone Rossi's great claim to Jewish musical fame came with his publication in 1623 of what work?
 Ha-Shirim Asher li-Shelomo
 Shir Ha Shirim
 Haleli Nafshi
 Adon Olam


Question 4. Which of these statements about Fiddler on the Roof is true?
 It is one of the three most succesful musicals in American history
 It was intended primarily for non-Jewish Broadway audiences
 It has for decades served as a Jewish cultural icon
 All of these


Question 5. Hava Nagila began as:
 A Hasidic melody in Eastern Europe
 A folk melody from the Zionist movement
 A revolution song sung by the Jews in concentration camps
 A biblical melody sung by the priests in the Temple


Question 6. Klezmer music was inspired by which of these?
 Kibbutz life
 Shtetl life
 Life in the ghettos during the Holocaust
 The lives of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin


Question 7. Bob Dylan's 1983 album, Infidels, contains an implicitly pro-Zionist song called:
 Neighborhood Bully
 Highway Sixty One Revisited
 I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine
 Blowin' in the Wind