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Hanukkah Quiz

Though initially a minor holiday, Hanukkah has become one of the paradigmatic Jewish holidays. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE, and is celebrated numerous ways. How much do you know about Hanukkah?

Question 1. The famous Hanukkah song written by "Peter, Paul, and Mary" is called
 I Have a Little Dreidel
 Light One Candle
 O Hanukkah
 December is the Best Month of the Year


Question 2. The Torah is read only once during Hanukkah.


Question 3. A hanukkiyah
 Can only be made out of wood
 Can be made out of any material
 Must have eight lights with one extra for the shamash
 A & C
 B & C


Question 4. When was the Hanukkah song Ma'oz Tsur written?
 Biblical times
 Talmudic times
 Medieval times
 After the creation of the state of Israel


Question 5. Which king plays a central role in the Hanukkah story?
 King Ahasuerus
 King David
 King Antiochus IV
 King Ahab


Question 6. A special scroll that contained many legends about Hanukkah and was once read on the holiday is called
 The Scroll of Antiochus
 The Scroll of Esther
 The Scroll of Light
 The Scroll of Swordsmen


Question 7. It has become customary for the Hanukkah menorah to have place for nine flames. Why is there a ninth candle, called the shamash?
 A "servant flame" is needed to light the other eight, keeping them from serving the pragmatic function of lighting another flame
 Because it is necessary to have one flame higher than the others, to remind us of the High Priests
 To symbolize Godís commandments, which we all should fulfill
 There is no real reason, itís just a custom


Question 8. Which game is most commonly played during Hannukah?
 Pin the tail on Ahasuerus
 Go-fish with Hanukkah gelt
 Who can eat the most latkes


Question 9. When playing dreidel, if you spin and get a gimmel you should
 Put some gelt into the pot
 Skip a turn
 Get sent to jail
 Take the pot for yourself


Question 10. The Maccabees were led by the sons of the priest Mattathias. How many sons did he have?