Jewish Humor Quiz

Jews have long used humor as a tool for self-ridicule, fighting anti-Semitism, and even passing down traditions. And in the past few decades Jewish humor has become significant in mainstream popular culture. How much do you know about Jewish humor?

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Qustion 1. "Hanukkah Harry," "Jewess Jeans," and "Jew, Not a Jew," are sketches from what TV show?

Caesar's Hour Your Show of Shows National Lampoon Radio Hour Saturday Night Live Uncle Andy's Funhouse

Qustion 2. What contemporary Jewish comedian made the video "The Great Schlep?"

Adam Sandler Seth Rogen Jackie Mason Sarah Silverman

Qustion 3. Many of which characters' sketches on Sesame Street are adaptations of traditional Jewish jokes?

Ernie and Bert Big Bird and Snuffy Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy Big Bird and Count von Count Cookie Monster and Elmo

Qustion 4. Where was Lenny Bruce's "Jewish and Goyish" routine first published?

MAD Magazine Playboy The New Yorker The New York Times

Qustion 5. "I do not know whether there are many other instances of a people making fun to such a degree of its own character." Who said this about the Jews?

Sigmund Freud Theodor Herzl Golda Meir Winston Churchill Theodor Reik

Qustion 6. Which of these is an example of Jewish humor in the Middle Ages?

The few deliberately funny passages of the Shulhan Arukh The "laughing cure" used to ward off the Black Plague Purim plays known as shpiels All of these

Qustion 7. What is a shlemiel?

A luckless fool A deliberately funny person A beggar A matchmaker

Qustion 8. What 80's TV show with a Jewish director broke new ground by portraying an interfaith couple raising a Jewish child?

Silver Spoons Diff'rent Strokes Cheers Family Ties All in the Family

Qustion 9. Where and when did Jewish humor begin as a genre?

In the shtetls, where Yiddish folk tales found humor in the often-difficult everyday lives of the people in 19th-century Eastern Europe In the desert, while the Jews were wandering for 40 years; they had to find some way to keep themselves entertained At the turn of the 20th century, as Jewish comedians poked fun at the immigrant experience and the frustrations Jews faced trying to assimilate into American society As Jewish peddlers travelled on the frontier, they entertained themselves and their customers by telling jokes In the mid-20th century, as radio shows and comedy skits became more popular

Qustion 10. What was the Borscht Belt?

A humorous term used to describe overweight Jews A funny short film produced by Jerry Seinfeld A name given to the hotels in the Catskills where Jews vacationed All of these
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