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. Who was the first Prime Minister of Israel?
 Chaim Weizmann
 David Ben Gurion
 Theodor Herzl
 Golda Meir

 

Question 2. What percentage of European Jewry perished in the Holocaust?
 33
 50
 72
 90

 

Question 3. True or false: Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, was an Orthodox Jew.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. 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 5. German Jews emigrated to America in the mid 19th century primarily because of
 Persecution
 Restrictive Laws
 Economic hardships
 The failure of movements advocating revolution and reform
 All of the above

 

Question 6. The first aliyah movement to Palestine started in what year?
 1820
 1775
 1881
 1925

 

Question 7. 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 8. Who founded the Jewish Renewal Movement?
 Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
 Leopold Zunz
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Arthur Green

 

Question 9. What year did Menachem Mendel Schneerson--the last Chabad rebbe--die?
 1985
 1990
 1994
 1999

 

Question 10. What is the largest Jewish denomination in the United States?
 Reform
 Reconstructionist
 Conservative
 Orthodox