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Jewish Theatre & Dance Quiz

From Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?



Question 1. Which noted dancer made his debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York?
 Alvin Ailey
 Mikhail Baryshnikov
 Fred Astaire
 Gregory Hines

 

Question 2. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to
 Prague
 Kiev
 Tel Aviv
 New York

 

Question 3. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?
 Reform Jews
 Moroccan Jews
 Hasidic Jews
 Jewish immigrants to America

 

Question 4. Who was Sara Levi-Tanai?
 An Israeli actor
 An Israeli dancer
 An Israeli theatre director
 An Israeli theatre critic

 

Question 5. Who was Anna Sokolow?
 An American Jewish dancer and choreographer
 An Israeli dancer and choreographer
 A Jewish theatre critic
 A patron of Jewish performing arts

 

Question 6. Which biblical character is main focus of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?
 Moses
 Miriam
 Joseph
 Saul
 Noah

 

Question 7. The Murder of Isaac, a play by the Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, is about what?
 The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
 The biblical story of the binding of Isaac
 The murder of a religious Jew at the hands of a secular Israeli gang
 A kibbutznik who moves to Tel Aviv

 

Question 8. Which Shakespearean play has received the most criticism for being anti-Semitic?
 Hamlet
 Macbeth
 Merchant of Venice
 Troilus and Cressida

 

Question 9. What was the earliest Broadway play featuring Jewish characters?
 The Diary of Anne Frank
 Street Scene
 Abie's Irish Rose
 Death of a Salesman

 

Question 10. Which of these plays by Arthur Miller does not explicitly address Jewish themes, but has still been called a "Jewish" work?
 The American Clock
 Playing for Time
 Broken Glass
 Death of a Salesman