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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 of these Jewish playwrights explores homophobia in his work?
 David Mamet
 Arthur Miller
 Tony Kushner
 Robert Brown

 

Question 2. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration
 Monologue
 Shpeil
 Passion Play
 Graggar

 

Question 3. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
 Joshua Sobel
 Paddy Chayevsky
 Hillel Mittelpunkt
 Hanoch Levin

 

Question 4. Which of the following religions is not represented in the play Nathan der Weise?
 Buddhism
 Judaism
 Christianity
 Islam

 

Question 5. Which of the following statements about Israeli folkdance is NOT true?
 It was created by pioneers who wished to express their passion about returning to the Promised Land
 It became a national pastime in Israel
 It is an important way for Jews outside of Israel to connect with the Jewish state
 It is highly competitive

 

Question 6. 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

 

Question 7. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to
 Prague
 Kiev
 Tel Aviv
 New York

 

Question 8. Who was Sara Levi-Tanai?
 An Israeli actor
 An Israeli dancer
 An Israeli theatre director
 An Israeli theatre critic

 

Question 9. In what play does Jakie Rabinowitz abandon his past, his father, and his love for cantorial music to become the American jazz star Jack Robin?
 Awake and Sing!
 The Jazz Singer
 Fiddler on the Roof
 The Producers

 

Question 10. What happened in 1933, after Hitler came to power, and Jewish actors were ousted in Germany?
 Nearly all German Jewish actors moved to America or Israel
 Jewish actors who were able to hide their Jewishness continued to star on German stages
 German Jewish actors saturated the theatre scene in Vienna, Austria
 Jewish actors and the public formed the Juedischer Kulturbund ("Jewish Cultural League")