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 the following figures was approached to be the President of the State of Israel?
 Louis Brandeis
 Albert Einstein
 Benjamin Cardozo
 Elie Weisel

 

Question 2. What year did Menachem Mendel Schneerson--the last Chabad rebbe--die?
 1985
 1990
 1994
 1999

 

Question 3. 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 4. Approximately how many Jews fought for the German Army in WWI?
 10,000
 25,000
 50,000
 100,000

 

Question 5. Opponents to the Hasidic movement were called
 Geonim
 Apikorsim
 Tipshim
 Mitnaggedim

 

Question 6. Jacob Frank was
 An activist for civil rights for Jews in the 19th century
 A French writer known for his Yiddish inflected poetry
 The progenitor of the Reform movement
 A false prophet who was a disciple of Shabbetai Tzvi

 

Question 7. The Reconquista (reconquest) of Spain lead to
 The invention of latkes studded with pieces of ham
 Many Jews going into hiding, or outwardly converting to Christianity while secretly continuing to live as Jews
 Jews heading out to the far corners of Spain to reconquer the land for the King
 All of the above

 

Question 8. There are no Jews living in Iran today.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. After the fall of communism, what city became home to the largest Russian-Jewish population?
 Moscow
 St. Petersburg
 Tel Aviv
 New York

 

Question 10. The theory that helped to allow Jews to leave ghettos and shift from peddling to retail was
 Imperialism
 Colonialism
 Mercantilism
 Nazism