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?
 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


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


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


Question 7. German Jews emigrated to America in the mid 19th century primarily because of
 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?
 St. Petersburg
 Tel Aviv
 New York