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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 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 2. What was the earliest Broadway play featuring Jewish characters?
 The Diary of Anne Frank
 Street Scene
 Abie's Irish Rose
 Death of a Salesman

 

Question 3. 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 4. Beginning in the Middle Ages, which Jewish holiday was associated with theatre productions?
 Passover
 Hanukkah
 Purim
 Sukkot

 

Question 5. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration
 Monologue
 Shpeil
 Passion Play
 Graggar

 

Question 6. 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 7. True or false: The rabbis in the Talmud issued bans forbidding theatre, which they considered a sinful waste of time.
 True
 False

 

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

 

Question 9. What is most responsible for the end to Yiddish theatre in Europe?
 Almost all Yiddish actors moved to America by the turn of the 20th century
 Almost all Yiddish-speaking audiences moved to America by the turn of the 20th century
 After World War I, Jews in Europe prefered not to speak Yiddish
 The Holocaust

 

Question 10. Who is known as the father of Yiddish theatre?
 Avram Goldfadn
 Sholem Asch
 Sholem Aleichem
 Jacob Gordin