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. 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

Qustion 2. Which of these people was not a Marx Brother?

Zeppo Harpo Chico Frenchy Gummo

Qustion 3. According to Joan Rivers, what would've been the best way for her to deal with her husband's suicide?

To talk about it onstage To withdraw from acting for good To write To say kaddish

Qustion 4. Woody Allen's Oscar-winning film Annie Hall focuses on what subject?

Dating between Jews and non-Jews Poverty Civil unrest in America Jewish comedy in the shtetls

Qustion 5. Who played the interviewer in the sketch "The Two Thousand Year Old Man?"

Sid Caesar Mel Brooks Carl Reiner Steve Allen

Qustion 6. How did the magazine National Lampoon set a new comedic standard?

By softening up some of the more harsh and vulgur aspects of Jewish humor By being the first Jewish humor magazine to be published By printing both comedic jokes and stories, as well as original Yiddish folk tales By using mockery exemplified by sarcasm and ironic detachment

Qustion 7. What is Chelm?

An approach to Jewish humor that is particularly cynical A mythical village populated, according to Jewish folklore, by fools A nickname that was given to particularly funny people in the shtetl A short film created by Jerry Seinfeld

Qustion 8. What was the Borscht Belt?

A Jewish comedy school in Russia An informal gang of Jewish comedians A famed restaurant theatre An area with several summertime resorts outside New York City

Qustion 9. The Marx brothers--Julius, Adolph, and Leonard--were renamed

Gummo, Zeppo, and Jimbo Athos, Porthos, and Aramis Greg, Peter, and Bobby Moe, Larry, and Curly Groucho, Harpo, and Chico

Qustion 10. Which of these themes is commonly addressed in Jewish humor?

Anti-Semitism Poverty The immigrant experience Neurotics on New York's Upper West Side All of these
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