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Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

The 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. The construction of the Second Temple was completed in what year?
 530 CE
 70 CE
 538 BCE
 515 BCE

 

Question 2. Who did the Maccabees revolt against?
 The Babylonians
 The Greeks
 The Romans
 The Christians

 

Question 3. True or false: The Middle Ages was, by and large, a time of tense relations between faiths.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhak is better known as whom?
 Maimonides
 Nahmanides
 Baal Shem Tov
 Rashi

 

Question 5. What happened in the Land of Israel in the early seventh century?
 It was a time of relative peace and tranquility
 Jewish residents were forcibly converted to Christianity
 All Jews left the area
 Within 24 years, the country changed hands three times

 

Question 6. What historical records exist about the fall of the desert fortress of Masada in 73 CE?
 It is mentioned in the Mishnah
 There is a written report from a Jewish child who escaped
 Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, wrote about it
 There is nothing written about it, but the Masada story has been passed down orally from generation to generation

 

Question 7. What year were Jews expelled from Spain?
 1400
 1492
 1201
 1810