Jewish Literature Quiz


From legends in the Bible and Talmud, to the American masters Bellow and Roth, storytelling has been an integral part of Jewish life. How much do you know about Jewish literature?

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Qustion 1. Up until the 1800s, which of these languages was not a widespread language used for writing Jewish fiction?

Russian German Yiddish Polish

Qustion 2. True or false: Saul Bellow grew up speaking Yiddish in an Orthodox Jewish home, but he never locates his characters in this culture.

True False

Qustion 3. Saul Bellow is the only author who has ever won the National Book Award three times. For which three books did he win?

The Old System, Mosby's Memoirs, and Tell Me a Riddle To Jerusalem and Back, Something to Remember Me By, and The Adventures of Augie March The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet Mr. Sammler's Planet, Herzog, and To Jerusalem and Back

Qustion 4. In "Bee Season," to what does Eliza Neumann's brother attribute her spelling bee triumphs?

Their parents' exhaustive training. The fact that they were raised speaking both English and Hebrew. A supernatural kabbalistic gift. A combination of all three. None of the above.

Qustion 5. In Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer is on a quest to the Ukraine to find a woman named Augustine, who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Who is the author?

Saul Bellow David Bezmozgis Jonathan Safran Foer Joan Leegant

Qustion 6. Which of these Jewish movements was responsible for the surge in 18th-century Jewish literature?

The Haskalah movement. The Hasidic movement. The Reform movement. The Mussar movement. None of the above.

Qustion 7. Which is NOT a major category of Ladino literature?

Translations of sacred texts, such as the Hebrew Bible, the High Holiday prayerbook, and the Passover Haggadah Rabbinic literature, including commentaries on Jewish texts and Jewish law Folk tales, fables, proverbs, poems, and short stories Novels, TV shows, and movies, both newly written and those that were made from older Ladino folk tales

Qustion 8. Which of these books features a fictional history of Jews in the comic book industry?

In the Image Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Absurdistan Natasha The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Qustion 9. Which of these books features a climactic scene set in New York Harbor as a pair of tefilin bobs up and down in the water?

In the Image Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Absurdistan Natasha The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Qustion 10. Modern Jewish children's literature first emerged in America less than 100 years ago with what book?

The Adventures of K'tonton, by Sadie Rose Weilerstein Molly's Pilgrim, by Barbara Cohen Sydney Taylor's five All-of-a-Kind Family books Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
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