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Talmud Quiz

The Talmud--which consists of the Mishnah and Gemara--explicates and builds upon the Torah's laws and stories. How much do you know about this influential and complex body of Jewish teachings?

Question 1. What is the focus of the Brisk method of studying Gemara?
 Studying very quickly
 Always asking "why?"
 Analyzing the conceptual conclusions that the Gemara comes to
 Close textual reading of the flow of the Gemara


Question 2. Which of these names are used to describe the rabbis of the Mishnah and Gemara?
 Tannaim and Amoraim
 Rishonim and Aharonim
 Sugyot and Masekhtot
 Neviim and Anshe Keneset HeGedola


Question 3. About how many years separated the writing of the Mishnah and Gemara?
 They were written simultaneously
 About 200 years
 About 500 years
 About 2,000 years
 None of the above


Question 4. Which of these does not appear in the Talmud?
 Halakhot, or laws
 Aggadot, or parables
 Midrashim, or "filling in the blanks" in Torah stories
 All of these appear
 None of these appear


Question 5. According to Jewish tradition, who compiled the Mishnah?
 The Amoraim
 Resh Lakish
 The students of Hillel
 Judah the Prince


Question 6. What does Avot D'Rabbi Natan contain?
 Maxims that cover the proper approach to Torah study and common human courtesy
 Agricultural rulings
 Medical ethics
 Laws of daily life


Question 7. Which of these is not a Talmud?
 The Jerusalem Talmud
 The Babylonian Talmud
 The Rabbis' Talmud


Question 8. What did the Talmudic commentator Menahem Meiri think of Christians?
 That they should all become Jewish
 That Christians were "avdei kohavim," idol worshippers
 That Christianity was a false religion, but its adherents were still basically moral
 That they were beyond redemption


Question 9. Which of these sages lived first?
 Rabbi Akiba
 Rabbi Judah the Prince
 Resh Lakish


Question 10. How is the Tosefta different from the Mishnah?
 The Tosefta is much longer than the Mishnah
 The Mishnah contains rules related to women; the Tosefta does not
 The Tosefta has many historical layers; the Mishnah does not
 The two are basically the same