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


Question 2. 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 3. What is the name of the terrorist group that plotted the Entebbe hijacking in 1976?
 Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
 Palestinian Liberation Organization
 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine


Question 4. Leo Frank was
 A Jewish man lynched by a Southern mob
 The leader of the Brit Shalom movement
 The Bostoner Rebbe
 A Kosher pastry chef in Chicago


Question 5. 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 6. Of these four continents, which has the largest Jewish population?
 South America
 Australia (and New Zealand)


Question 7. At present, 90% of the Jews in Africa live in what country?
 South Africa


Question 8. 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 9. The first aliyah movement to Palestine started in what year?


Question 10. Ba'al Teshuvah is roughly translated to mean what?
 An assimilated Jew
 A non-Zionist
 A bachelor
 A repentant sinner