Ancient and Medieval History QuizThe 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?
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