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 of these kingdoms invaded the Land of Israel first?


Question 2. What did inquisitors do to Isaac de Castro when he refused to convert to Christianity?
 They expelled him to Australia
 They burned him alive
 They beheaded him
 They appointed him king


Question 3. 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 4. 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


Question 5. Who wrote the Shulhan Arukh?
 Isaac Luria
 Joseph Caro


Question 6. What were the two cultural sub-communities of Jews that emerged in the Middle Ages?
 Ashkenazic and Sephardic
 Spiritual and physical
 Self-governing and politically-dependent
 Orthodox and Reform


Question 7. True or false: Archaeological evidence supports the biblical account in the Book of Joshua.