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. 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 2. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, who was appointed leader of the remaining Jews in the Land of Israel?


Question 3. The Spanish Inquisition was aimed at which group?
 All Heretics


Question 4. What is the name of the Roman General who conquered Palestine in 63 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. Who succeeded Solomon as King of Judah?


Question 7. 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