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 American Jewish institutions was created first?
 Jewish Theological Seminary
 Hebrew Union College
 Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
 American Jewish University

 

Question 2. The theory that helped to allow Jews to leave ghettos and shift from peddling to retail was
 Imperialism
 Colonialism
 Mercantilism
 Nazism

 

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

 

Question 5. 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 6. True or False: The 1990 National Jewish Population Survey indicated that more Jews in America identified themselves as "cultural" Jews than as "religious" Jews.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. In December of 1862 General Ulysses Grant expelled all Jews from Kentucky, Tennesse and Mississippi.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. Which of these was a Jewish response to political emancipation in Europe?
 Zionism
 Socialism
 Acculturation
 All of these
 None of these

 

Question 9. 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 10. 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