Books stored in the attic of a synagogue in Riga, Latvia, 1991. (Zion Ozeri/Jewish Lens)

Jewish Literature Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish literature?

From legends in the Bible and Talmud, to the American masters Bellow and Roth, storytelling has been an integral part of Jewish life.

Question 1 of 10
Who is the celebrated classical Yiddish writer known for short stories that inspired Fiddler on the Roof?
Question 2 of 10
Which of these is NOT an American Jewish poet?
Question 3 of 10
Who is the author of the Russian-American novel Absurdistan?
Question 4 of 10
When did Ladino writers start to use the Ladino language to keep their disparate culture alive?
Question 5 of 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"?
Question 6 of 10
True or false: Saul Bellow grew up speaking Yiddish in an Orthodox Jewish home, but he never locates his characters in this culture.
Question 7 of 10
What is Jewish literature?
Question 8 of 10
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?
Question 9 of 10
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?
Question 10 of 10
Up until the 1800s, which of these languages was not a widespread language used for writing Jewish fiction?

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