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. Which of these was a Jewish response to political emancipation in Europe?
 Zionism
 Socialism
 Acculturation
 All of these
 None of these

 

Question 2. Ba'al Teshuvah is roughly translated to mean what?
 An assimilated Jew
 A non-Zionist
 A bachelor
 A repentant sinner

 

Question 3. Who was the American President at the time of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty?
 Gerald Ford
 Jimmy Carter
 Ronald Reagan
 George H.W. Bush

 

Question 4. What does the term hofjuden refer to?
 Hasidic Jews
 Court Jews
 Assimilated Jews
 Rabbis

 

Question 5. The "Night of Broken Glass" is known more famously by what name?
 Kristallnacht
 Einsatzgruppen
 Sonderweg
 Historikerstreit

 

Question 6. There are no Jews living in Iran today.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. 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 8. What was the Haskalah?
 The first Jewish high school for girls
 A Zionist movement in Russia in the interwar period
 The European-based movement for Jewish enlightenment
 The idea that a Jew could be a Jew on the inside, and a secular citizen on the outside

 

Question 9. Which of the following figures was approached to be the President of the State of Israel?
 Louis Brandeis
 Albert Einstein
 Benjamin Cardozo
 Elie Weisel

 

Question 10. After the fall of communism, what city became home to the largest Russian-Jewish population?
 Moscow
 St. Petersburg
 Tel Aviv
 New York