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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.


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


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?