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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 military leader of the first phase of the revolt against the King in 167 BCE was
 David the Maccabee
 Judah the Maccabee
 Mattityahu the Maccabee
 Daniel the Maccabee


Question 2. In the apocryphal story of Judith and Holofernes, Judith feeds the king cheese and wine so that she can...
 Sleep with him
 Make him fall asleep and then behead him
 Demonstrate her talent in the kitchen
 Become his military advisor


Question 3. An eyewitness to the events of Hannukah wrote which scroll in Hebrew?
 The Scroll of Judah
 First Book of Maccabees
 Second Book of Maccabees
 Mahzor Kaffa


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. What does the prayer Al Hanissim offer thanks for?
 Godís role during Hanukkah
 The potatoes from which latkes are made
 God allowing the Jews to be fruitful and multiply
 All the miracles that have helped the Jews in the Bible


Question 7. The paragraph beginning "Al Hanissim" is added to
 Birkat Hamazon
 B & C
 None of the above


Question 8. The Maccabees were led by the sons of the priest Mattathias. How many sons did he have?


Question 9. 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 10. Which king plays a central role in the Hanukkah story?
 King Ahasuerus
 King David
 King Antiochus IV
 King Ahab