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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. Badhanim are
 Holy priests
 Challah bakers
 Professional wedding jesters
 Rabbinic assitants
 Mystical worshippers

 

Question 2. Which biblical king peformed David performs an ecstatic dance before the ark as it was brought to Jerusalem?
 Saul
 Solomon
 David
 Jehu
 Omri

 

Question 3. Who is known as the father of Yiddish theatre?
 Avram Goldfadn
 Sholem Asch
 Sholem Aleichem
 Jacob Gordin

 

Question 4. What was the central theme of the Hebrew plays written in Palestine (pre-state Israel)?
 Pioneering
 The limits of Socialism
 The dangers of capitalism
 Racism

 

Question 5. 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 6. Which Shakespearean play has received the most criticism for being anti-Semitic?
 Hamlet
 Macbeth
 Merchant of Venice
 Troilus and Cressida

 

Question 7. Dance is a prominent expression at which of these Jewish lifecycle events?
 Weddings
 Conversions
 Circumcisions
 Graduations

 

Question 8. Which biblical character is main focus of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?
 Moses
 Miriam
 Joseph
 Saul
 Noah

 

Question 9. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
 Joshua Sobel
 Paddy Chayevsky
 Hillel Mittelpunkt
 Hanoch Levin

 

Question 10. True or false: The rabbis in the Talmud issued bans forbidding theatre, which they considered a sinful waste of time.
 True
 False