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. Meir Kahane was the founder of what organization?
 Jewish Defense League
 B'nai Brith
 Jews Against the Occupation
 National Jewish Republican Coalition


Question 2. Of these four continents, which has the largest Jewish population?
 South America
 Australia (and New Zealand)


Question 3. Moses Mendelssohn was a Jewish scholar who
 Learned to play the piano and later became a famous composer
 Fell in love with and eventually married the Queen of Germany
 First suggested that the shofar should be blown on Rosh HaShanah
 Broke the traditional mold of the Jewish scholar by pursuing subjects beyond Judaism


Question 4. What percentage of European Jewry perished in the Holocaust?


Question 5. At present, 90% of the Jews in Africa live in what country?
 South Africa


Question 6. What was the name of the ship of German Jewish refugees that was turned away from both American and Cuban ports in 1939?
 St. Albans
 St. Louis


Question 7. 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 8. What is the largest Jewish denomination in the United States?


Question 9. German Jews emigrated to America in the mid 19th century primarily because of
 Restrictive Laws
 Economic hardships
 The failure of movements advocating revolution and reform
 All of the above


Question 10. 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