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    1)Under the influence of Arab culture, during the Golden Age in Spain, the Jews excelled in: a




1)Under the influence of Arab culture, during the Golden Age in Spain, the Jews excelled in:

a.      medicine

b.      philosophy

c.      science

d.      all of these


2)The Emancipation of the Jews in Europe began primarily in:

a.      Poland

b.      France and Germany

c.      Turkey

d.      Greece

3)Which of the following could be considered as an important cause of the Emancipation?

a.      the Napoleonic Wars

b.      the Russian Revolution

c.      the discovery of the New World

d.      none of these

4)As a result of the Jewish Enlightenment young Jews tended to:

a.      learn more secular subjects

b.      learn more Judaic subjects

c.      learn less in general

d.      none of these`


5)The Jewish Enlightenment began as:

a.      the movement of Israel Baal Shem Tov

b.      a return to Palestine movement

c.      a radical Russian/Jewish movement

d.      the program of a small group of German Jews led by Moses Mendelssohn

6)In the Christian world of the Middle Ages Jews were permitted only a few occupations, these included:

a.      money lending

b.      peddling

c.      dealing in old clothes

d.      all of these

7)Largely due to_________ the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, by Ferdinand and Isabella.

a.      the discoveries of Columbus

b.      the plague

c.      the Inquisition

d.      the Moors

8)Ladino and Yiddish are both examples of:

a.      languages used by the Jews

b.      philosophies

c.      Jewish denominations

d.      Jewish communities

9)The term Ghetto refers to:

a.      areas of mixed Jewish/Gentile settlement

b.      segregated areas for Jews where they were forced to live

c.      Jewish houses of learning

d.      None of these

10)The vast number of American Jews today can trace their origins to:

a.      Germany

b.      England

c.      Eastern Europe

d.      France

11)Abraham, in anthropological terms may be referred to as:

a.      the 'mythical or apical  ancestor'

b.      the messiah

c.      the warrior king

d.      the family matriarch

12)"Court Jews" of the Middle Ages:

a.      served in courts of law

b.      were involved in tennis

c.      served as advisors to kings

d.      were small time peddlers

13)The first wave of Jewish immigrants to the U.S. were mainly:

a.      German Jews

b.      Spanish Jews

c.      Russian Jews

d.      Ethiopian Jews

14)The German Jewish immigration to the U.S. that began in the 1840s was characterized by:

a.      large families fleeing persecution

b.      Orthodox Jews

c.      young single men seeking their fortunes

d.      none of these

15)Many Russian Jewish immigrants to the U.S. found employment in:

a.      banking and insurance

b.      the coal mines

c.      the steel industry

d.      "sweatshops" in the garment industry

16)Early Christians were:

a.      pagans

b.      Catholics

c.      Jews

d.      Muslims

17)One cause of anti-semitism in Europe was the status of Jews as:

a.      insiders

b.      outsiders

c.      pagans

d.      aristocrats 

18)The 'Emancipation" was the granting of, _______ _________ to Jews.

 a. conversion certificates

 b. royalty status

 c. monetary reparations

 d. civil rights and citizenship

19)The 'Enlightenment' was the entry of Jews into the world of:

a.      religion

b.      modern western culture

c.      paganism

d.      Bible studies

20)The assassination of the Czar in 1881 in Russia:

a.      advanced the freedom of Russian Jews

b.      improved the economic standing of Jews

c.      improved Jewish secular learning

d.      set back the emancipation of the Jews of Russia

 21)The 'Blood Libel" was the false charge that Jews:

a.      used human blood in religious rites

b.      sold human blood to hospitals

c.      had HIV infected blood

d.      none of the above

22)The forged documents purporting to show that Jews had a plan to subjugate the world was called:

a.      the Da Vinci Code

b.      the Book of Nostradamus

c.      the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

d.      Revelation

23)The first major settlements of Jews in the New World were in:

a.      New Amsterdam and Philadelphia

b.      The Caribbean and South America

c.      Charleston and Savannah

d.      Montreal

24)German Jews_________ Russian Jews in their assimilation into American life.

a.      envied

b.      discouraged

c.      hindered

d.      helped

 25)The Lower East Side of New York in 1900 had a high rate of:

a.      crime

b.      poverty

c.      family abandonment by men

d.      all of the above

26) _________ Jews brought Reform Judaism to America.

a.      Russian

b.      Polish

c.      German

d.      Spanish

27)On the American Western Frontier of the 19th century, Jews were often:

a.      soldiers

b.      rabbis

c.      peddlers and shop owners

d.      lawyers

28)The_________ was a semi-autonomous Jewish community in Russia.

a.      ghetto

b.      landsman shaft

c.      temple

d.      shtetl


  1. Christian and Jewish beliefs differ on:

a.      the existence of God

b.      the Ten Commandments

c.      the divinity and messiahship of Jesus

d.      none of these



The "Landsmanshaft" was a

  1. book
  2. religion
  3. art form
  4. helping society



A number of ________ Jewish immigrants to the U.S. were socialists, communists, and anarchists.

  1. Russian
  2. German
  3. Ethiopian
  4. French


One reason that Russian Jewish immigrants rose rapidly economically was that:

  1. they came here with money
  2. they transferred religious studies skills to secular studies
  3. they were subsidized by the government
  4. they came with advanced occupational and professional skills


A basic goal of Reform Judaism was to:

  1. accept Jesus as the Messiah
  2. influence Jews to eventually abandon their Judaism
  3. modernize the rituals and practices of Judaism
  4. none of these


Most Jews who have immigrated to the United States have:

  1. wanted to assimilate into American society but still maintain a Jewish identity
  2. have not wanted to assimilate into American society
  3. have returned to their countries of origin
  4. none of these


The Jews in Europe in the Middle Ages never really became part of the societies in which they lived because:

  1. They were poor
  2. They had a different religion, language, and customs
  3. They were pagans
  4. None of these


The Crusades in the 11th century:

  1. Attempted to conquer the Holy Land for Christians
  2. Caused more persecutions of Jews
  3. Made the Jews wealthy
  4. Both a and b


Spanish Jews came to what was to become the U.S. by way of:

  1. Canada
  2. Africa
  3. The Caribbean Islands and South America
  4. The Far East


Russian Jews came to America because of:

  1. Persecutions in Russia
  2. The promise of freedom in America
  3. The promise of prosperity in America
  4. All of the above


Between 1880 and 1920 about ---------- Jews immigrated to America:

  1. 2-3 million
  2. 10 million
  3. Half a million
  4. A few hundred


In America, the Russian Jewish immigrants found that they:

  1. Had no chance for social advancement
  2. Faced worse persecution than in Russia
  3. Were free to practice their Judaism but also could choose not to be Jews
  4. Became wealthy almost as soon as they arrived here


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