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

 

Question 3. True or false: Archaeological evidence supports the biblical account in the Book of Joshua.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. 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 5. Who wrote the Shulhan Arukh?
 Isaac Luria
 Joseph Caro
 Rashi
 Nahmanides

 

Question 6. Who did the Maccabees revolt against?
 The Babylonians
 The Greeks
 The Romans
 The Christians

 

Question 7. Khosrow II Parviz, who took over Jerusalem in 614 CE, was part of what empire?
 Greek
 Roman
 Persian
 British