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  1. As part of the recent coalition negotiations, the Religious Zionism, Shas, and United Torah Judaism parties requested which of the following?
    • A) Removing the “grandchild clause” from the Law of Return
    • B) Revoking state recognition of non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism
    • C) Overturning the reforms that were made to Kashrut laws
    • D) All of the above

  2. Kanye West’s false claims that Black people are the “real Jews” is connected with which of the following?
    • A) The Khazarian Hypothesis
    • B) Black Hebrew Israelite Movement
    • C) Louis Farrakhan
    • D) All of the above

  3. Which of the following Israeli parties is disqualified and then reinstated into Israeli elections each cycle?
    • A) Otzma Yehudit
    • B) Ra’am
    • C) Balad
    • D) The Joint List

  4. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government collapsed because of which of the following reasons?
    • A) The coalition failed to renew a law regulating Israeli settlements in the West Bank
    • B) Some MKs left the coalition, dropping the ruling bloc to minority status
    • C) One MK objected to rules regarding chametz in public spaces over Passover
    • D) All of the above

  5. Which of the following parties is NOT part of Netanyahu’s incoming government coalition?
    • A) Yisrael Beytenu
    • B) Likud
    • C) Religious Zionism
    • D) Shas

  6. This past August, nine student groups at this university adopted a bylaw that they would never invite any speaker who supports Zionism or Israel:
    • A) UC Berkeley
    • B) University of Pennsylvania
    • C) Florida State University
    • D) UCLA

  7. In September, a controversy erupted in Israel over whether a high school should allow this politician to speak in its mock election:
    • A) Bezalel Smotrich
    • B) Itamar Ben-Gvir
    • C) Monsour Abbas
    • D) Mahmoud Abbas

  8. Which of the following statements is true about Israel’s support to Ukraine?
    • A) Israel has provided protective equipment like helmets, body armor, and gas masks.
    • B) Israel has provided weapons to Ukraine.
    • C) Israel is imposing economic sanctions against Russia.
    • D) Israel is providing the Iron Dome to Ukraine.

  9. In January, Israeli pop singer Omer Adam faced criticism that his song “Kakdila” contained derogatory stereotypes about:
    • A) Russian-Israelis
    • B) Arab Israelis
    • C) The Ethiopian community
    • D) Israeli Druze

  10. In February, Whoopi Goldberg said on The View that “the Holocaust wasn’t about race” but rather about “man’s inhumanity to man.” Her comments caused an uproar because:
    • A) The Nazis viewed the Jewish people as an inferior race, so the Holocaust WAS about race.
    • B) Judaism does not fit neatly into boxes and could be thought of as a religion, people, culture, and/or ethnicity.
    • C) Antisemitism is racism, whether or not Jews identify as a race.
    • D) All of the above.

  11. Which of the following is NOT true about the death of the Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh?
    • A) Al Jazeera and the Palestinian Authority accused Israel of deliberately killing her.
    • B) The IDF immediately accused Palestinians of killing her.
    • C) An IDF investigation found that it was likely that an Israeli soldier accidentally killed her.
    • D) IDF soldiers entered the refugee camp in the West Bank where the clash broke out amid a wider terror crackdown. 

  12. In what is known as the “status quo agreement,” Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. How did this come to be?
    • A) David Ben-Gurion started the precedent in Israel’s early years as a concession to the Arabs remaining in Israel.
    • B) Then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan made the decision in 1967, hoping to reduce tensions after the Six-Day War.
    • C) Ultra-Orthodox Jews petitioned the government to make the change because the area where the Temple stood should be off-limits to Jews.
    • D) Yitzhak Rabin made this concession in exchange for peace with Jordan in 1994.

  13. Which of these rabbis gave a speech right before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington?
    • A) Abraham Joshua Heschel
    • B) Joseph Soloveitchik
    • C) Joachim Prinz
    • D) Stephen S. Wise

  14. When asked why Israel isn’t doing more to support Ukraine, Israeli leaders typically cite
    • A) Security reasons
    • B) Financial reasons
    • C) Historical reasons
    • D) Moral reasons

  15. Who said the following quote: “I am now addressing all the Jews of the world. Don’t you see what is happening? Do not be silent right now.”
    • A) Yair Lapid
    • B) Volodymyr Zelensky
    • C) Naftali Bennett
    • D) Micah Goodman

Answer Key:

  1. D
  2. D
  3. C
  4. D
  5. A
  6. A
  7. B
  8. A
  9. A
  10. D
  11. B
  12. B
  13. C
  14. A
  15. B

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