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Music of the Masses?: The Klezmer Quiz
by Staff
Klezmer is the traditional music of Jews from Eastern Europe. Do you know a khosidl from freylekhs? Take the quiz and test your knowledge of klezmer.

What was the original meaning of the word "klezmer" in Yiddish?

  • musician
  • dance
  • accordion

Who are Ashkenazi Jews?

  • Jews from the Iberian Peninsula
  • Jews from Germany or Eastern Europe
  • Jews from Israel

What is the name of a hammered-dulcimer instrument in a trapezoidal box?

  • cimbalom
  • lute
  • hurdy-gurdy

What is the plural of klezmer?

  • klezmorim
  • klezmers
  • klezmerati

In what decade did the klezmer revival begin?

  • 1920s
  • 1950s
  • 1970s

How many Jews arrived in the United States between 1880 and 1924?

  • 1 million
  • 2.5 million
  • 5 million

What type of song is a freylekhs?

  • a slow dance song
  • a happy dance song
  • a non-dance tune

What is another word for a sher?

  • scissors dance
  • waltz
  • khosidl

What type of song is a khosidl?

  • a slower dance song
  • a happy dance song
  • a non-dance tune

The band The Klezmorim was formed in what city?

  • Boston, Mass.
  • Berkeley, Calif.
  • Brooklyn, N.Y.

What two instruments does klezmer revivalist Andy Statman play?

  • clarinet and mandolin
  • clarinet and cimbalom
  • mandolin and drums

Where was Dave Tarras born?

  • Ternovka, Ukraine
  • Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Kiev, Ukraine

Some klezmer purists claim that klezmer music doesn't include what instrument?

  • violin
  • accordion
  • drums

What does the root "-zmer" mean?

  • dance
  • melody
  • wedding

Lev Liberman founded what klezmer revival band?

  • The Klezmer Conservatory Band
  • The Klezmatics
  • The Klezmorim

What klezmer revival band was featured on the NPR program "A Prairie Home Companion?"

  • The Klezmer Conservatory Band
  • The Klezmatics
  • The Klezmorim

What instrument does Hankus Netsky play?

  • clarinet
  • saxophone
  • tuba

What law, passed in the mid-1920s, severely limited immigration to the United States from Eastern Europe?

  • The Johnson-Reed Act
  • The Bennett Law
  • The Russian Exclusion Act

Beginning in the late 18th century, Jews in Eastern Europe were forced to settle where?

  • ghettos
  • Pale of Settlement
  • Poland

What is a shtetl?

  • a type of Klezmer song
  • a medieval instrument
  • a Jewish town or community in Eastern Europe