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

Russian German Yiddish Polish

Qustion 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. In what language did Franz Kafka write?

Czech Russian German Yiddish English

Qustion 7. 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 8. Who is the celebrated classical Yiddish writer known for short stories that inspired Fiddler on the Roof?

Rivkah Tiktiner Mendele Mokher Seforim Sara Copio Sullam Primo Levi Sholem Aleichem

Qustion 9. When did Ladino writers start to use the Ladino language to keep their disparate culture alive?

The 1880s 1492 1945 1992

Qustion 10. Which writer survived the Holocaust, only to commit suicide years later?

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