My Jewish Learning

Modern History Quiz

Questions of national identity and Jewish identity were central to the experience of modernity for Jews everywhere. How much do you know about Jewish history since 1650?



Question 1. Meir Kahane was the founder of what organization?
 Jewish Defense League
 B'nai Brith
 Jews Against the Occupation
 National Jewish Republican Coalition

 

Question 2. Of these four continents, which has the largest Jewish population?
 Europe
 Africa
 South America
 Australia (and New Zealand)

 

Question 3. Moses Mendelssohn was a Jewish scholar who
 Learned to play the piano and later became a famous composer
 Fell in love with and eventually married the Queen of Germany
 First suggested that the shofar should be blown on Rosh HaShanah
 Broke the traditional mold of the Jewish scholar by pursuing subjects beyond Judaism

 

Question 4. What percentage of European Jewry perished in the Holocaust?
 33
 50
 72
 90

 

Question 5. At present, 90% of the Jews in Africa live in what country?
 Zimbabwe
 Egypt
 Ethiopia
 South Africa

 

Question 6. What was the name of the ship of German Jewish refugees that was turned away from both American and Cuban ports in 1939?
 Nina
 Pinta
 St. Albans
 St. Louis

 

Question 7. In the Merchant of Venice, what is the price that Shylock demands from Antonio?
 A thousand ducats
 A chest of gold
 A pound of flesh
 A hooked nose

 

Question 8. What is the largest Jewish denomination in the United States?
 Reform
 Reconstructionist
 Conservative
 Orthodox

 

Question 9. German Jews emigrated to America in the mid 19th century primarily because of
 Persecution
 Restrictive Laws
 Economic hardships
 The failure of movements advocating revolution and reform
 All of the above

 

Question 10. What is the name of the terrorist group that plotted the Entebbe hijacking in 1976?
 Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
 Hamas
 Palestinian Liberation Organization
 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine