Ben Gurion and his time- A Quiz
To test general knowledge about Israel as well as some knowledge about
You can choose the questions you feel suitable for your age-group - we have included questions suitable for ages 10-18. Some of the questions come from a quiz set by the Resource Centre in Amsterdam. LIMIT THE QUIZ TO 30 MINUTES ON STAGE.
Score board, desks and chairs, microphone, question cards, stopwatch/buzzer.
Running the quiz
There are several types of questions, including "odd one out"; "guess the true statement"; multiple choice possibilities; "complete the name"; "who did what; "who said?" and you may use recordings or slides as clues in questions - in which case you need the appropriate equipment, checked ahead of time. REMEMBER TO EXPLAIN CLEARLY THE TYPE OF QUESTION EACH TIME.
You can organize the quiz in teams or by using a panel game system. We recommend that each team have a different question to answer (rather than seeing which one hands in the correct answer secretly ) as this keeps the game going at a good pace.
You can use a system where there are open questions and the team to "buzz" first gets a chance to answer or where each team has a turn and if it answers incorrectly another team gets the question. ALL THIS MUST BE CLEAR TO CONTESTANTS AND AUDIENCE OR YOU COULD WELL RUN INTO HEATED EXCHANGES. Similarly you must make clear whether all (or some) of the questions are to be answered in turn by different members of the panel (or team) or whether answers come from the whole group after consultations and bonuses.
Finally, a word about scoring. You can give each question for X points, use bonus points, or you can have a different number of points for different rounds (according to difficulty) and just add up the points.
If you want to make it more interesting, you can group the questions into subjects and grade them according to whether they are worth 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 points and ask each team what subject they choose each time and for how many points, until you use up your stock of questions. This is a Jeopardy (Jewpardy!!) board system and takes more preparation of the questions.
Another possibility would be to name one team GALIL and one team NEGEV, give each a list of settlements and flags in their area and for each correct answer allow them to win a settlement (mark up on the large wall map)...
A. Fun questions for points, to use in the middle of the quiz
* What would you say if you met (one personality per player)
a) Theodor Herzl; b) David Ben Gurion; c) Golda Meir; d) Chaim Weizmann; e) Yosef Trumpeldor; f) Jabotinsky; g) Moshe Dayan, etc.
* Why did Ben Gurion go to Greece and Turkey? (Then give the true answer)
* What did Ben Gurion say when he cleared out the office to retire?
B. Multiple choice questions - Which is the correct answer?
* a) The State of Israel was founded in: 1947, 1948, 1949.
* b) The first president of Israel was: Theodor Herzl/David Ben Gurion / Chaim Weizmann.
* c) When the state was declared there were: 650,000 / 1,020,000 / 250,000 Jews in the country.
C. Guess the truth
Show slide of Ben Gurion in early settlement in Galilee. Team A has three cards which are read out (one per person) and Team B has to guess which is the true story, e.g.,:
* B.G. and his friends were expelled from Petah Tikva as agricultural labourers and moved to a settlement in the Galil. (TRUE).
* This is a photo taken in 1949 of the first settlers who went south to the Negev to found Kibbutz Sde Boker (BLUFF)
* This was taken in Poland of Ben Gurion and his friends before B.G. left for Palestine.
* relate episodes (true and makebelieve) from B.G.'s life or about Israel and ask which is the true story.
D. More serious questions
Q. What is the Hebrew name for the Israel Defense Forces?
Q. What is the name of the Israel Parliament?
Q. How many members sit in the Knesset?
Q. Why are there 120 Havrei Knesset (members)?
Q. Name three places in which Ben Gurion lived.
Q. Name two countries from which thousands of Jews came on aliya when Ben Gurion was in office:
Q. What is the name of Israel's national anthem?
Q. In what years was Jerusalem a divided city?
Q. Who wrote "The Jewish State"?
Q. Who was the first Chief Rabbi of Palestine (20th century) and a great religious Zionist leader?
Q. Who was the first Prime Minister of Israel?
Q. What is the capital of Israel?
Q. Where and when was the First Zionist Congress held?
Q. Which Arab country has a peace treaty with Israel?
Q. Who founded the Israel Defense Forces?
Q. What was the Jewish self-defence unit called before 1948?
Q. Who said, "No state is handed to a people on a silver platter?"
Q. Who wrote the poem "The Silver Platter"?
Q. Who said, "If you will it, it is no legend?"
Q. Who declared the independence of the State of Israel?
Q. Name two Prime Ministers of Israel.
Q. Name two presidents of Israel.
Q. Explain the term "avoda ivrit".
Q. To which Zionist organization did B.G. belong in Poland?
Q. Which political party did B.G. co-found in 1956?
Q. Which party did B.G. join in 1968?
Q. To which party did B.G. belong originally?
Q. When did B.G. first step down as PM?
Q. Where did B.G. retire to in 1953?
Q. When did B.G. finally retire?
Q. When did B.G. pass away and how old was he?
Q. When did the UN vote for partition of Palestine?
Q. Who said "We must have a window to the Far East", and what did this mean?
Q. What was Operation Magic Carpet and when did it take place?
Q. What was Operation Yonatan (Thunderbolt) and when did it take place?
Q. What was Operation Moshe and when did it take place?
Q. What is the Hebrew name for the operation in the Sinai Campaign for which Ben Gurion is famous?
Q. Guess the surname: David (Ben Gurion); Moshe (Dayan); Yitzhak (Rabin, Ben Zvi, Navon, Shamir...); Levi (Eshkol); Abba (Eban); Chaim (Weizmann, Arlozorov, Herzog); Zalman (Shazar); Joseph (Trumpeldor); Hannah (Senesh); Zeev (Jabotinsky); Shimon (Peres); Golda (Meir).
Q. Which Israeli PM signed the peace treaty with Egypt?
Q. Which Israeli PM was once ambassador to the USSR?
Q. Which Israeli PM had an airport named after him against his wish?
Q. Who was the Israeli president after whom a science institute was named?
E. Odd one out
a) Which one doesn't belong? Hint: location
Q. Ashkelon, Ashdod, Akko, Afula
Q. Degania, Dimona, Bet Hashita, Bet Rimon.
Q. Eilat, Jerusalem, Tsfat, Beersheva.
b) Hint: what they did
Q. Golda Meir, Shimon Peres, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion.