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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. How did playwright Tony Kushner begin his "Angels in America"?
 With a long midrash from a rabbi
 With a reference to Adam and Eve
 With Hava Nagila
 With a clip of a speech by Golda Meir

 

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. Who authored "The Comedy of Betrothal"--the oldest existing Hebrew play?
 Yehuda Sommo, in 16th century Italy
 Avram Goldfadn, though he later became more famous for his works in Yiddish
 Solomon Ibn Gabirol, in 11th century Spain
 Max Nordau, Theodor Herzl's right-hand man

 

Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
 Joshua Sobel
 Paddy Chayevsky
 Hillel Mittelpunkt
 Hanoch Levin

 

Question 10. Which of these is a common part of Jewish wedding dancing?
 The groom dances while carrying the bride on his back
 The groomsmen perform a special dance for the bride, in private
 The bride and groom are hoisted up on chairs
 All of these