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. Which writer survived the Holocaust, only to commit suicide years later?

Franz Kafka Max Brod I.L. Peretz Paul Celan None of the above.

Qustion 2. Who is the author of the Russian-American novel Absurdistan?

David Bezmozgis Ellen Litman Gary Shteyngart Dalia Sofer Maurice Sendak

Qustion 3. 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 4. Philip Roth's last novel in the Death Trilogy resurrects his literary alter-ego of eight previous novels, Nathan Zuckerman. What is the title of this last book?

The Dying Animal Exit Ghost Everyman The Ghost Writer

Qustion 5. Milton Steinberg's novel about the life of Elisha ben Abuyah, who interacts with famous sages such as Rabbi Akiba and Rabbi Meir, is called:

As It Was Written East River As a Driven Leaf Differences The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N

Qustion 6. 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 7. 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 8. Who was S.Y. Agnon?

An Israeli who won the Nobel Prize for literature An author who conflated his own biography with his fictional writing An influence on A. B. Yehoshua, Aharon Appelfeld, and Yehuda Amichai All of these

Qustion 9. 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"

Qustion 10. What is Jewish literature?

Literature written by Jews Literature written in a Jewish language Literature with Jewish content No definition is completely adequate
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