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

 

Question 2. What great leader conquered Palestine in 332 BCE?
 Caesar
 Alexander the Great
 Constantine
 Nebuchadnezzar

 

Question 3. What year were Jews expelled from Spain?
 1400
 1492
 1201
 1810

 

Question 4. The construction of the Second Temple was completed in what year?
 530 CE
 70 CE
 538 BCE
 515 BCE

 

Question 5. 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 6. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, who was appointed leader of the remaining Jews in the Land of Israel?
 Jeremiah
 Isaiah
 Gedaliah
 Ezra

 

Question 7. Who wrote the Shulhan Arukh?
 Isaac Luria
 Joseph Caro
 Rashi
 Nahmanides