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Midrash Quiz

Midrash Aggadah and Midrash Halakhah are rabbinic tools for interpreting the Bible. How much do you know about the origins and methods of these exegetical traditions?

Question 1. Which of the following are examples of contemporary midrash?
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I See the Promised Land" speech
 Passover Haggadahs
 "Turn, Turn, Turn," sung by the Byrds, written by Pete Seeger
 All of the above


Question 2. What does midrash tend to focus on?
 Theological concepts
 Holidays and special occasions
 Specific verses from the Torah
 Providing self-help advice


Question 3. Which is an alternate name for Midrash Tanhuma?
 Midrash Aggadah
 Midrash Yelamdenu
 Midrash Shelanu
 Midrash Petiha


Question 4. Which of these is not an example of midrash halakhah?
 Daily prayers
 Wearing tefilin on one’s head and arm
 Placing a mezuzah on the doorposts of one’s house
 Keeping kosher


Question 5. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?


Question 6. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in
 The Scroll of Esther
 The Book of Maccabees
 The Talmud
 The Torah


Question 7. True or false: Midrashim are all stories.


Question 8. In one midrashic story, who of the following is in Rabbi Akiba’s classroom?


Question 9. What does Mekhilta mean?


Question 10. Who said that "the Torah speaks in the language of human beings"?
 Rabbi Akiva
 Rabbi Yishmael
 Rabbi Yohanan
 Reish Lakish