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


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. A Hanukkiyah should be placed
 Under a bed
 On a dining room table
 In a closet
 In a window


Question 7. 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 8. The Maccabees were led by the sons of the priest Mattathias. How many sons did he have?


Question 9. The shehekheyanu blessing is recited
 Every night of Hanukkah
 Only on the first night
 The first night and the last night
 Every night of every single religious holiday


Question 10. The famous Hanukkah song written by "Peter, Paul, and Mary" is called
 I Have a Little Dreidel
 Light One Candle
 O Hanukkah
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