Ancient and Medieval History QuizThe history of ancient and medieval Jewish communities reveals the origins of Judaism as we know it. How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?
Question 1. Hai Gaon was the head of what educational institution?
College of Grenada
College of Madrid
College of Toledo
College of Pumbedita
Question 2. In 538 BCE, what did Cyrus the Great decree?
That the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt
That all Jews should return to Egypt
That all Jews in Babylon should be killed
That Jews can build a new Temple in Babylon
Question 3. True or false: The Middle Ages was, by and large, a time of tense relations between faiths.
Question 4. When was the "golden age" for Jews in Spain?
In the 8th and 9th centuries, under Muslim rule
After 1248, when Christians reconquested Spain
After 1492, when Columbus sailed from Spain to the New World
During the time of the Mishnah
Question 5. Who were the Karaites?
A medieval Jewish sect
An alternative to rabbinic Judaism
All of these
Question 6. True or False: Synagogues have been present in the land of Israel since the time of Abraham.
Question 7. What did inquisitors do to Isaac de Castro when he refused to convert to Christianity?
They expelled him to Australia
They burned him alive
They beheaded him
They appointed him king