My Jewish Learning

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. Which biblical book covers the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites?
 Samuel I


Question 2. The Tannaim were teachers in what era?
 The time of the First Temple
 The First and Second Centuries
 The Middle Ages
 The Ninth Century


Question 3. When did it become popular for Ashkenazic Jews to wear hats?
 10th century
 12th century
 14th century
 16th century


Question 4. Who succeeded Solomon as King of Judah?


Question 5. Rabbi Akiba believed that which contemporary of his was the Messiah?
 Bar Kochba
 Johanan Ben Zakkai


Question 6. What is the Zohar?
 An influential book of Jewish mystical thought about each Torah portion
 A pre-kabbalistic work from the time of the Geonim
 A spiritual alternative to the Talmud, produced around the same time as the Talmud
 An early modern collection of hasidic tales


Question 7. Who built the First Temple in Israel?
 King Saul
 King David
 King Solomon
 King Jeroboam