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Israeli Culture Quiz

Israel is regarded as one of the most culturally vibrant places in the world, with experimental theater, visual art, an unparalleled writing scene, and more. How much do you know about Israeli culture?

Question 1. Who wrote The Jewish State in 1896?
 Ahad Haam
 Theodor Herzl
 Leo Pinsker
 A.D. Gordon


Question 2. Chava Alberstein sings in which three languages?
 English, French, and Hebrew
 Yiddish, Hebrew, and English
 Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish
 Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish


Question 3. What topics were the focus of the first Hebrew plays from Palestine, such as Shin Shalom's Dan the Guard (1936) and Ahron Ashman's This Land (1942)?
 The hardships of helping children born in Israel develop an appreciation for the culture of the old world
 The differences between shtetl life and kibbutz life
 Pioneering and the hardships newcomers suffered trying to build the country
 Gender dynamics in a new and politically unstable state


Question 4. How many letters are in the Hebrew alphabet?


Question 5. When did Naomi Shemer compose the song "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav"?
 After Israel became independent
 During the British Mandate period
 Just before the Six-Day War
 After the first Intifada


Question 6. Yaacov Agam is best known for what?
 Optic art
 Dot paintings


Question 7. Who wrote The Work of Revival in the Lands of the Diaspora?
 Theodor Herzl
 A.D. Gordon
 Mordecai Kaplan
 Martin Buber