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


Question 2. How did Harry Houdini die?
 He drowned
 He fell off a tightrope
 He was punched in the stomach by a fan
 He had a heart attack


Question 3. Who was the first Israeli astronaut in outer space?
 Ilan Ramon
 Moshe Katzav
 Yoni Netanyahu
 Eli Cohen


Question 4. 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 5. There are no Jews living in Iran today.


Question 6. 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 7. The first aliyah movement to Palestine started in what year?


Question 8. What is the largest Jewish denomination in the United States?


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


Question 10. At present, 90% of the Jews in Africa live in what country?
 South Africa