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Jewish Film Quiz

Jews have always played a key role in the American movie industry, and in recent years, Israeli films have achieved a new level of international acclaim. Jewish themes have also shown up frequently in Hollywood productions. How much do you know about Jewish films, actors, directors, and stories?



Question 1. Which of these films was inspired by the Bible?
 The Decalogue
 Evan Almighty
 The Ten
 B & C
 All of the above

 

Question 2. Who played Jakie Rabinowitz in the first film version of The Jazz Singer?
 Neil Diamond
 Al Jolson
 Barbara Streisand
 Woody Allen
 George Jessel

 

Question 3. Israeli director Joseph Cedar depicts which segment of the Israeli population that has been underrepresented on film?
 The Druze
 Arab-Israelis
 Religious Zionists
 Armenians
 Sephardic immigrants

 

Question 4. The first movie filmed in Israel (1896) was
 Exodus
 Train Station in Jerusalem
 Oded the Wanderer
 Gentleman's Agreement

 

Question 5. Who stars in the film version of Yentl?
 Woody Allen
 Mel Brooks
 Barbara Streisand
 Adam Sandler
 I. B. Singer

 

Question 6. The 1981 film The Chosen was adapted from a book by which Jewish author?
 Phillip Roth
 Chaim Potok
 Sholom Aleichem
 Saul Bellow

 

Question 7. What movie, released in 2001, parodies Jewish summer camps?
 Jesus Camp
 Wet Hot American Summer
 Salute Your Shorts
 Spaceballs
 500 Days of Summer

 

Question 8. For many years of Israeli film, Ashkenazic Jews often played Sephardic roles, while Sephardim often played...
 Arab roles
 Extras
 Ashkenazic roles
 Non-speaking characters

 

Question 9. What caused the demise of the Yiddish film genre?
 A lack of diversity in the Yiddish-speaking world
 The decline of Yiddish in America
 The Holocaust
 A & B
 B & C

 

Question 10. The Israeli film Hamsin is considered a landmark production because....
 It honestly portrayed Arab-Jewish relations
 It was the first film in Hebrew
 It won an Oscar
 It was the first Israeli film in English
 It played in hundreds of American theaters