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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 Maccabees were revolting against the ideas of


Question 2. According to the Talmud one should give how many gifts on Hanukkah?
 1 each night
 At least 1 to a family member, and 1 to a poor person
 A total of 9
 No presents are mandated by the Talmud


Question 3. 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 4. Which king plays a central role in the Hanukkah story?
 King Ahasuerus
 King David
 King Antiochus IV
 King Ahab


Question 5. Which of the following letters does not appear on a dreidel from America


Question 6. How many blessings are said when lighting Hanukkah candles? (other than the first night)


Question 7. When lighting Hanukkah candles one should
 Always light from left to right
 Always light from right to left
 If you’re a righty start from the right, and if you’re a lefty, start from the left
 Light from the middle going out, first left, then right


Question 8. The paragraph beginning "Al Hanissim" is added to
 Birkat Hamazon
 B & C
 None of the above


Question 9. 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 10. 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