My Jewish Learning

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. True or False: Yiddish theatre has a long history in St. Petersburg , Russia
 True
 False

 

Question 2. 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 3. Who wrote The Jew of Malta?
 William Shakespeare
 Christopher Marlowe
 Ben Jonson
 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

 

Question 4. 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")

 

Question 5. 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 6. In the mid-20th century, who was responsible for disseminating Israeli folkdances across the United States?
 Fred Berk
 Anna Sokolow
 Martha Graham
 Selma Jeanne Cohen

 

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

 

Question 10. True or false: Hasidic circle dancing can last for hours.
 True
 False