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 of these writers is known as the "grandfather of Yiddish literature"?

Mendele Mokher Sefforim S.Y. Agnon Franz Kafka Grace Aguilar I.B. Singer

Qustion 2. 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 3. What is Jewish literature?

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

Qustion 4. Which of these comic book characters was NOT created by Jews?

Superman X-Men Maus Tarzan

Qustion 5. What is an example of pre-modern secular Hebrew literature?

Some poems by Samuel HaNagid and Judah HaLevi Hebrew novels written during and about the crusades Hebrew sonnets produced in England at the time of Shakespeare All of these

Qustion 6. Who wrote "The Vale of Cedars," a reaction against "Ivanhoe"?

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

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 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 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
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