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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 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

 

Question 2. Which Shakespearean play has received the most criticism for being anti-Semitic?
 Hamlet
 Macbeth
 Merchant of Venice
 Troilus and Cressida

 

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

 

Question 4. Badhanim are
 Holy priests
 Challah bakers
 Professional wedding jesters
 Rabbinic assitants
 Mystical worshippers

 

Question 5. Which of these biblical women is associated with dance?
 Sarah
 Rachel
 Miriam
 Hannah

 

Question 6. Which of these Jewish playwrights explores homophobia in his work?
 David Mamet
 Arthur Miller
 Tony Kushner
 Robert Brown

 

Question 7. 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 8. Which of the following religions is not represented in the play Nathan der Weise?
 Buddhism
 Judaism
 Christianity
 Islam

 

Question 9. True or false: The rabbis in the Talmud issued bans forbidding theatre, which they considered a sinful waste of time.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. 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