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. What poem written by American-Jewish poet Emma Lazarus contains the following quote: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore"?

In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport The New Colossus The Crowing of the Red Cock The Banner of the Jew

Qustion 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. Which of these Jewish writers was Polish?

Bruno Schulz Isaac Babel Grace Aguilar Primo Levi

Qustion 6. Which of these books is NOT about the Jewish immigrant experience?

Call it Sleep The Rise of David Levinsky The Ritual Bath The Promised Land

Qustion 7. 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 8. Which of these is NOT an American Jewish poet?

Samuel Menashe Emma Lazarus Paul Celan Allen Ginsberg

Qustion 9. Up until the 1800s, which of these languages was not a widespread language used for writing Jewish fiction?

Russian German Yiddish Polish

Qustion 10. Which Jewish literary character said, "Look at me! I'm going everywhere!"

Max from "Where the Wild Things Are" Jonathan Safran Foer from "Everything Is Illuminated" Ruth Puttermesser from "The Puttermesser Papers" Augie March from "The Adventures of Augie Marsh" Jacob from "All Other Nights"
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