Questions About Religion

Question 1

Which of the following animals would not be considered kosher under Jewish law?

aPigs

bRabbits

cShellfish

dAll of the above

Question 2

Which cultural phenomenon broke the relatively unified interpretation of Jewish doctrine and practice and led to the development of three major Jewish denominations?

aThe Protestant Reformation

bThe Crusades

cThe spread of Enlightenment ideas

dThe persecution of Jews in Spain

Question 3

Which of the following Jewish holy days marks the beginning of a new year?

aRosh Hashanah

bSukkoth

cPurim

dShavuot

Question 4

_________ Jews believe that the ultimate goal of religious practice is to achieve a personal, spiritual unification with God.

aReconstructionist

bHasidic

cOrthodox

dConservative

Question 5

Which historical event signaled the end of the Sadducees and of Judaism’s priestly traditions?

aThe destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE

bThe creation of the First Temple by Solomon

cThe rise of Hellenic Jews

dThe rise of the Maccabees

Question 6

The adherents of ____________ are intent on retaining the ancient customs and legalistic doctrines of traditional Judaism.

aReform Judaism

bOrthodox Judaism

cHasidism

d Reconstructionist Judaism

Question 7

The story of the Jewish tribes leaving Egypt and settling in Canaan is chronicled in which book?

aExodus

bGenesis

cLeviticus

dDeuteronomy

Question 8

The two sets of Gemara were drawn from which two Jewish communities?

aPalestine and Persia

bPalestine and Babylonia

cBabylonia and AssyriadBa

bylonia and Spain

Question 9

Based on the traditional definition, one is considered a Jew if one is ____________.

abaptized

bcircumcised

cborn to a Jewish mother

dborn to a Jewish father

Neviim and Ketuvim are part of the ___________ of Jewish sacred literature.

aoral law

bwritten law

cpriestly code

dritual code

Question 11

The ________ books of the Ketuvim consist of liturgical poetry, secular love poetry, wisdom literature, history, apocalyptic literature, a short story, and a romantic tale.

a-eight

b-nine

c-ten

d-eleven

Which Jewish patriarch was the father of the ten tribal leaders?

a-Abraham

b-Isaac

c-Jacob

d-Moses

Today, the majority of Jews live in ___________ and ___________.

athe United States, Israel

bEurope, Israel

cthe United States, Europe

dAsia, Europe

Question 14

Which of the following post-biblical rulers of Palestine was Jewish?

athe Mamluks

bthe Hasmonean Dynasty

cthe Roman Empire

dthe Ottoman Empire

Question 15

Because it is forbidden to speak the name of the Jewish god, he is referred to as _________ during prayer or when scripture is read aloud.

aElijah

bAllah

cYHWH

dAdonai

In the Torah, the book of __________ is primarily concerned with describing priestly duties and proper ritual practice.

aVayikra (Leviticus)

bShemot (Exodus)

cBamidbar (Numbers)

dDevarim (Deuteronomy)

Which of the following books is not one of the Former Prophets?

aJudges

bSamuel

cJoshua

dEzekiel

The Biblical agreement between the chosen Jewish people and God is called a _________.

acontract

bcovenant

caccord

dconcord

Question 19

The combined collection of the Mishna and the Gemara forms the __________.

aTalmud

bTorah

cwritten law

doral law

Question 20

The tribes of Israel were united under _________ and the First Temple was completed during the reign of _________.

aSaul, David

bDavid, Saul

cDavid, Solomon

dSolomon, David

Question 21

Yiddish is ______________.

a combination of Aramaic and biblical Hebrew

b combination of Arabic and biblical Hebrew

c combination of medieval German and biblical Hebrew.

d combination of Moorish Spanish and biblical Hebrew

Question 22

Which of the following statements best expresses the Jewish belief regarding the Messiah?

aThey do not believe in the existence or arrival of a messiah.

bThey still hope for the messiah to come and re-establish the kingdom of Israel.

cThey believe that the messiah has already come.

dNone of the above

Question 23

Which of the following Jewish denominations is a uniquely American movement and does not accept the Torah as divinely inspired?

aReform Judaism

bOrthodox Judaism

cReconstructionist Judaism

dNone of the above

Question 24

Which of the following is one of the Ten Commandments?

a”You shall not steal”

b”You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

“c”Honor your father and mother

“dAll of the above

Question 25

Which Jewish leader received the Ten Commandments from God on Mt. Sinai?

aJudah

bManessa

cJoseph

dMoses

 
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