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. True or false: Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, was an Orthodox Jew.


Question 2. 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 3. One of the only famous female tzaddiks was named
 The Dame of Dusseldorf
 The Maid of Ludomir
 The Lady of Warsaw
 The Mistress of Lvov


Question 4. Which war moved American Jewry toward unwavering support of the State of Israel?
 World War II
 The War of Independence in 1948-49
 The Six-Day War in 1967
 The Gulf War in 1991


Question 5. What name is Aziz Mehmed Effendi more commonly known by?
 Jacob Frank
 Leopold Zunz
 Shabbetai Zevi
 Nathan of Gaza


Question 6. Which of these denominations was established first?


Question 7. Who was the Baal Shem Tov?
 The founder of Hasidism
 An early modern Sephardic leader
 A famous cheder teacher in Poland
 The rabbi of Vilna, famous for creating a golem


Question 8. Meir Kahane was the founder of what organization?
 Jewish Defense League
 B'nai Brith
 Jews Against the Occupation
 National Jewish Republican Coalition


Question 9. Jews in which of these countries experienced modernity first?
 They all experienced modernity at the same time


Question 10. The "Night of Broken Glass" is known more famously by what name?