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


Question 2. What year did Menachem Mendel Schneerson--the last Chabad rebbe--die?


Question 3. 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 4. Approximately how many Jews fought for the German Army in WWI?


Question 5. Opponents to the Hasidic movement were called


Question 6. Jacob Frank was
 An activist for civil rights for Jews in the 19th century
 A French writer known for his Yiddish inflected poetry
 The progenitor of the Reform movement
 A false prophet who was a disciple of Shabbetai Tzvi


Question 7. The Reconquista (reconquest) of Spain lead to
 The invention of latkes studded with pieces of ham
 Many Jews going into hiding, or outwardly converting to Christianity while secretly continuing to live as Jews
 Jews heading out to the far corners of Spain to reconquer the land for the King
 All of the above


Question 8. There are no Jews living in Iran today.


Question 9. After the fall of communism, what city became home to the largest Russian-Jewish population?
 St. Petersburg
 Tel Aviv
 New York


Question 10. The theory that helped to allow Jews to leave ghettos and shift from peddling to retail was