Not-so-trivial pursuits


While cleaning out a cabinet full of toys and games recently, I came across a pack of "According to Professor Hoyle" brand trivia cards from the 1980s. I was surprised to see that, even though they were meant for the general public, many of the questions related to Judaism.

These are Jewish questions the cards' writers thought everyone might know the answers to.

Do you? Here they are, worded as they originally were:


  1. What does "Yom Kippur" mean?
  2. What is the Jewish "Festival of Lights" called?
  3. How many people were on Noah's Ark?
  4. According to the Bible, where did Noah's Ark finally come to rest?
  5. Name the last Judge of Israel, who anointed Saul as King of Israel
  6. What was David's occupation before he became a warrior and king of Israel?
Modern History
  1. What is the Italian word for the Jewish residential districts created in the Middle Ages?
  2. Name the sect of Jewish mystics founded in Poland about 1750.
  3. What Austrian physician developed psychoanalysis?
  4. What canal opened in 1869?
  5. In what year was the Yom Kippur War?
  6. Name the two Middle Eastern leaders who signed a peace treaty with President Carter in 1977.



  1. "Day of Atonement"
  2. Chanukah
  3. Eight
  4. Mount Ararat
  5. Samuel
  6. Shepherd
Modern History
  1. "Ghetto"
  2. Chasidim
  3. Sigmund Freud
  4. The Suez Canal
  5. 1973
  6. Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat

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