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. True or false: The Middle Ages was, by and large, a time of tense relations between faiths.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. According to the Bible, who was Isaac's father?
 Abraham
 Jacob
 Adam
 Joseph

 

Question 3. Where was Rashi born?
 France
 Germany
 Poland
 Spain

 

Question 4. What number commandment (chronologically) is: "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage"?
 1
 2
 3
 4

 

Question 5. The construction of the Second Temple was completed in what year?
 530 CE
 70 CE
 538 BCE
 515 BCE

 

Question 6. In the fifth century, where in Arabia were most Jews concentrated?
 Himyar
 Hijaz
 Turkey
 Both a & b

 

Question 7. 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