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. 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 2. Who is the main character in Philip Roth's book about a man's unrelenting monologue, delivered to his therapist, about his sexual appetites and adventures?

Nathan Zuckerman E.I. Lonoff Bernard Malamud Alexander Portnoy

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. Who wrote "The Vale of Cedars," a reaction against "Ivanhoe"?

Grace Aguilar Rivkah Kiktiner I.L. Peretz Mendele Mokher Seforim Sara Copio Sullam

Qustion 5. 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 6. Which of these is NOT an American Jewish poet?

Samuel Menashe Emma Lazarus Paul Celan Allen Ginsberg

Qustion 7. 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 8. Which book came out in 1960, around the time of Adolf Eichmann's arrest in Argentina, and eventually became the most frequently read story to emerge from the Holocaust?

The Jews of Silence Night The Accident The Gates of the Forest

Qustion 9. Which of these is NOT a contemporary Israeli author?

Aharon Appelfeld S.Y. Agnon Amoz Oz A.B. Yehoshua

Qustion 10. 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.
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