Hanukkah QuizThough 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
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
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 Antiochus IV