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. 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 2. Who were the Karaites?
A medieval Jewish sect
An alternative to rabbinic Judaism
All of these
Question 3. 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 4. Hai Gaon was the head of what educational institution?
College of Grenada
College of Madrid
College of Toledo
College of Pumbedita
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. True or false: Archaeological evidence supports the biblical account in the Book of Joshua.
Question 7. Which biblical book covers the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites?