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


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
 O Hanukkah
 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