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2011 Winter English Exam part A

Kislev 5772

December 2011



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Part A: Knowledge Questions – Total of 30 Points

Time allotment for this section: 1 hour.

Auxiliary material: non-electronic dictionary only.

Please select and answer no more than 45 of the 50 multiple-choice questions below. If you answer more than 45 questions, the first 45 questions answered will be taken into account. Select the most correct answer and mark it on the answer sheet. Each correct answer is worth 0.66 points.


  1. Which of the following can be found in the area of the Hyrcania Valley:
    1. The Tomb of Nebi Sabalan
    2. Nebi Musa
    3. Jubb Yussef
    4. Nebi Daniel

  1. The following valley is located between the Yodefat ridge and the Tur’an ridge:
    1. Beit Hakerem
    2. Sakhnin
    3. Beit Netufa
    4. Bethsaida

  1. The Biyar aquaduct feeds into:
    1. Solomon’s Pools
    2. The water cisterns at Herodion
    3. The Bethesda pool
    4. The Struthion pool

  1. The planned route of the train to Jerusalem will pass through the following riverbed:
    1. Sorek
    2. Ma’ayanot (“springs”)
    3. Rephaim
    4. Yitle

  1. An ancient site in the Golan Heights containing boulders configured in a circle is called:
    1. Rujum el-hiri
    2. Umm el-Kanatir
    3. The Big Juba
    4. Umm el-Umdan

  1. Jerusalem was declared the capital of the State of Israel in:
    a. 1947
    b. 1948
    c. 1949
    d. 1967

  1. There were stations of the “Valley Train” in:
    1. Bar Giora and Kiryat Haroshet
    2. Alro’i and Naharayim
    3. Beit Yehoshua and Rosh Hanikra
    4. Afula and Tivon

  1. Which of the following neighborhoods built outside of the City walls was established first?
    1. Mahane Yisrael
    2. Nahalat Shiva
    3. Ohel Moshe
    4. Mea Shearim

  1. Sacred numbers in the Bahai faith include:
    1. 7, 77
    2. 9, 19
    3. 18, 19
    4. 9, 13

10. The Circassians originate from:

  1. Mongolia
  2. Morocco
  3. Caucasus
  4. Bosnia

11. Moslem Halachah (law) is called:

  1. Sura
  2. Fatwa
  3. Hadith
  4. Sharia

12. Which of the following terms is connected to the Moslem religion?

  1. Mashrabiya
  2. Kal’ah
  3. Raka’ah
  4. Saraya

13. A Domus Ecclesia can be seen today in:

  1. Kursi
    1. Domus Galilaeae
    2. Dominus Flevit
    3. Capernaum

14. According to Christian tradition, the resurrection of Tabitha occurred in:

  1. Talita Kumi
  2. Al-Azaria
  3. Jaffa
  4. Lod

15. Pentacost marks the :

  1. Ascension of Jesus to heaven
  2. The decent of the Holy Spirit
  3. c.     Baptism in the Jordan River
  4. The Transfiguration

16. A book of Halacha written by the Rambam (Maimonides):

  1. Yad Hachazaka
  2. Shulchan Arukh
  3. Emunot Vedaiyot
  4. The Kuzari

17. The poetic prayer “u-Netanneh Tokef” is said at:

  1. Rosh Hashana
  2. The Fast of Gedaliah (Tzom Gedaliah)
  3. Yom Kippur
  4. Tisha B’av (the 9th of Av)

18. You dress a bleeding wound on a hand and the bandage begins to get red. What should you do?

  1. I would replace the bandage with a new one
  2. I would place a tourniquet
  3. I would place a pressure triangle on the bandage
  4. There is no need to take action, as this is a known phenomenon

19. Which of the following has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site?

  1. Metzad Nekarot
  2. Caesarea
  3. The Dead Sea
  4. The Church of the Annunciation

20. In the Sinai Campaign (Kadesh Operation) there was cooperation between Israel and:

  1. The U.S.
  2. Germany and Great Britain
  3. France and Great Britain
  4. The Soviet Union

21. The Mandelbaum gate was utilized as:

  1. A border passage between Israel and Lebanon
  2. A border passage between Israel and Jordan
  3. A transit station for new immigrants
  4. Transit between the Shimon Hatzadik and the Sheikh Jarrakh neighborhoods

22. “Shabbtai Luzinsky” became famous upon its arrival at the following beach:

  1. Nitzanim
  2. Atlit
  3. Palmachim
  4. Kfar Vitkin

23. “The Gateway for Aliyah”(“Sha’ar Ha’aliyah”) was the nickname for:

  1. The Port of Jaffa
  2. The beginning of the 5th Aliyah
  3. The Yemenite Aliyah
  4. The immigrant transit camp (Ma’abarah) in Haifa

24. The water reservoir in the Beit Netofa valley is called:

  1. Dalton
  2. Eshkol
  3. Sapir
  4. Tsalmon

25. Herzl came to Jerusalem with the goal of meeting with:

  1. Emperor Franz Josef
  2. Lord Balfour
  3. Kaiser Wilhelm II
    1. Sultan Abdul Hamid II

26. The following is the “Biluim” Moshava:

  1. Hadera
  2. Gadera
  3. Zichron Ya’acov
  4. Rosh Pina

27. The British “Mission” began to act in Jerusalem:

  1. During the first half of the 19th century
  2. During the second half of the 19th century
  3. As a result of and following the “Young Turks” revolution
  4. At the beginning of the British Mandate Period

28. One can find Bezalel ceramics decorating buildings in:

  1. Bezalel street in Jerusalem
  2. The “Dagim” alley in Old Jaffa
  3. Neve Tsedek
  4. Rothschild blvd. in Tel Aviv

29. A Mameluke site in Safed (Tsfat):

  1. The Abuhav Synagogue
  2. The Red Mosque
  3. The Saraiya
  4. Beit Bosel

30. Structures that are associated with Daher al-Omar and his sons can be found in:

  1. Tiberias and Sussita
  2. Acre and Mukhraka
    1. Shephar’am and Tsippori
    2. Shephar’am and Jerusalem

31. The correct chronological order of the following rulers is:
a. Daher al-Omar, Ahmed al-Jazzar, Muhammad Ali
b. Daher al-Omar, Muhammad Ali, Ahmed al-Jazzar
c. Ahmed al-Jazzar, Daher al-Omar, Faher al-Din
d. Muhammad Ali, Faher al-Din, Daher al-Omar

32. The fortified tower in some of the Crusader fortresses is called:

  1. A Cloister
  2. Donjon
  3. Dormitorium
  4. Barbican

33. The Crusader fortress in Beit Guvrin was built for the purpose of:

  1. Protecting the farmers’ fields
  2. Protecting the road to Ashdod
  3. To be used as the residence of Fulk of Anjou
  4. To constitute one of the fortifications encircling Ashkelon

34. Characteristic remains from the Abbasid period can be found in:

  1. Nimrod Fortress
  2. Ramla
  3. Caesarea
  4. Acre

35. He was Rabbi Judah the Prince’s close friend:

  1. Caracalla
  2. Caligula
  3. Tiberius
  4. Marcus Aurelius

36. According to tradition, Helena identified the following sites:

  1. The site of the Visitation in Ein Karem and the site of the visit in Alonei Mamre
  2. The site of the Room of the Last Supper and the site of the Ascension to Heaven
  3. The site of the Nativity and the site of the Crucifixion
  4. The site of the Annunciation and the site of the Praetorium

37. The Dead Sea Scrolls include:

  1. Only sectarian texts
  2. Only Biblical texts
  3. An ancient version of the New Testament
  4. Biblical and sectarian texts

38. According to the Theodotus inscription, during the Second Temple period, synagogues were used for:

  1. Communal ceremonies
  2. Reading the Torah and the study of the commandments (Mitzvot)
  3. Public prayer
  4. All of the above

  1. The Holy of Holies was located in the following side of the Temple:
    1. West
    2. East
    3. North
    4. South

40. Metopes and Triglyphs are characteristic of which style?

  1. Romanesque
  2. Greek
  3. Corinthian
  4. Doric

41. The Four Spaced house is characteristic of:

  1. Philistine culture
  2. Courtyards in the Moshavot of the Lower Galilee
  3. The First Temple period
  4. The Early Bronze Age

42. The “Broad Wall” is dated to:

  1. The end of the 7th century BCE
  2. The end of the 8th century BCE
  3. The days of Nehemiah
  4. The beginning of the Hasmonean period

43. A Canaanite gate exists in:

  1. Dan, Ashkelon, Megiddo
  2. Dan, Jerusalem, Gezer
  3. Hazor, Jerusalem, Megiddo
  4. Ashkelon, Lachish, Jerusalem

44. A Roman Bath is located in:

  1. Tel Beersheva
  2. Rosh Zohar
  3. The Lotz pools
  4. Avdat

45. Rumex cyprius (Knotweed) can be found:

  1. In the Menashe Hills
  2. In the Judean Desert
  3. On the Carmel
  4. On the Hermon

46. A Sunfish (Pterois) is:

  1. A predatory fish common to the Red Sea
  2. A kind of glowworm
  3. A night butterfly
  4. An edible fish in the Sea of Galilee

47. A Rudist is:

  1. Basaltic rock
  2. Granite rock
  3. A fossil
  4. A Coral glow

48. One can see a full moon at:

  1. The end of a month according to the Gregorian calendar
  2. The beginning of the month according to the Muslim calendar
  3. At the beginning of the Hebrew month
  4. In the middle of the Hebrew month

49. The Mining of phosphates in Israel takes place in:

  1. The Dead Sea
  2. The Ovda Valley
  3. The Tzin riverbed
  4. Timna

50. Which of the following belongs to a different category?

  1. Tristram’s Grackle (Tristram’s Farling)
  2. Palestine Babbler
  3. Wheatear
  4. Gerbil