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 Maccabees were revolting against the ideas of
Question 2. Which king plays a central role in the Hanukkah story?
King Antiochus IV
Question 3. When lighting Hanukkah candles one should
Always light from left to right
Always light from right to left
If youíre a righty start from the right, and if youíre a lefty, start from the left
Light from the middle going out, first left, then right
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. Historians believe Hanukkah enjoyed a resurgence in America in modern times because
Jews makes up a majority of America
Public schools close for Hanukkah
Hanukkah falls so close to Christmas
Broadcast television featured lots of Hanukkah specials
Question 6. The famous Hanukkah song written by "Peter, Paul, and Mary" is called
I Have a Little Dreidel
Light One Candle
December is the Best Month of the Year
Question 7. The Maccabees were led by the sons of the priest Mattathias. How many sons did he have?
Question 8. The Maccabees and their descendants are also known as the
Question 9. Hanukkah is one of the Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Bible.
Question 10. 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