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

 

Question 2. Adam Sandler plays a Mossad agent who wants to become a hairdresser in:
 Billy Madison
 Happy Gilmore
 You Don't Mess with the Zohan
 Waterboy
 Eight Crazy Nights

 

Question 3. 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

 

Question 4. Fiddler on the Roof is based on:
 A true story of life of a Polish shtetl
 A collection of Sholom Aleichem short stories
 Nothing, it is an original work of fiction
 An adaptation of biblical stories
 The Hanukkah story

 

Question 5. Who directed Schindler's List?
 Ivan Reitman
 Steven Spielberg
 Ron Howard
 James Cameron

 

Question 6. Which of these films was inspired by the Bible?
 The Decalogue
 Evan Almighty
 The Ten
 B & C
 All of the above

 

Question 7. Though the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Israeli actress Gila Almagor often portrays women from what country in her movies?
 Egypt
 Iraq
 Morocco
 India

 

Question 8. Richard Dreyfuss, Anthony Hopkins, and Burt Lancaster all played Isareli leaders in the film...
 Victory at Entebbe
 Schindler's List
 Silence of the Lambs
 Exodus
 Munich

 

Question 9. Where was the first Jewish film festival held?
 New York
 Los Angeles
 Chicago
 Jerusalem
 San Francisco

 

Question 10. What is the name of Mel Brooks' 1968 film, which later became a popular Broadway musical?
 Spaceballs
 History of the World, Part I
 Robin Hood: Men in Tights
 The Producers
 Blazing Saddles