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. Which of these TV characters is Jewish?

Ross on Friends Fran on The Nanny Jerry on Seinfeld All of these

Qustion 2. 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 3. "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 4. 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 5. Who was the Jewish cast member on All in the Family?

Archie Bunker Stephanie Mills Meathead Edith Bunker

Qustion 6. Which Jewish writer produced classics of bittersweet humor?

Mendele Mokher Seforim Sholem Aleichem I.L. Peretz All of these

Qustion 7. Who was the creator and producer of The Goldbergs?

Mel Brooks Gertrude Berg Bill Goldberg Hava Aaronson

Qustion 8. True or false: Humor is one of the hallmarks of Yiddish literature.

True False

Qustion 9. What was Mel Brooks's first box office success?

Robin Hood, Men in Tights Blazing Saddles History of the World, Part I Young Frankenstein To Be, or Not to Be

Qustion 10. Which of these people was not a Marx Brother?

Zeppo Harpo Chico Frenchy Gummo
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