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Jewish Humor Quiz

Jews have long used humor as a tool for self-ridicule, fighting anti-Semitism, and even passing down traditions. And in the past few decades Jewish humor has become significant in mainstream popular culture. How much do you know about Jewish humor?



Question 1. Which of these themes is commonly addressed in Jewish humor?
 Anti-Semitism
 Poverty
 The immigrant experience
 Neurotics on New York's Upper West Side
 All of these

 

Question 2. What 80's TV show with a Jewish director broke new ground by portraying an interfaith couple raising a Jewish child?
 Silver Spoons
 Diff'rent Strokes
 Cheers
 Family Ties
 All in the Family

 

Question 3. What is a shlemiel?
 A luckless fool
 A deliberately funny person
 A beggar
 A matchmaker

 

Question 4. Which of these is an example of Jewish humor in the Middle Ages?
 The few deliberately funny passages of the Shulhan Arukh
 The "laughing cure" used to ward off the Black Plague
 Purim plays known as shpiels
 All of these

 

Question 5. What is Chelm?
 An approach to Jewish humor that is particularly cynical
 A mythical village populated, according to Jewish folklore, by fools
 A nickname that was given to particularly funny people in the shtetl
 A short film created by Jerry Seinfeld

 

Question 6. Which of these people was not a Marx Brother?
 Zeppo
 Harpo
 Chico
 Frenchy
 Gummo

 

Question 7. What was the Borscht Belt?
 A Jewish comedy school in Russia
 An informal gang of Jewish comedians
 A famed restaurant theatre
 An area with several summertime resorts outside New York City

 

Question 8. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
 Moe
 Larry
 Curly
 Shemp

 

Question 9. What contemporary Jewish comedian made the video "The Great Schlep?"
 Adam Sandler
 Seth Rogen
 Jackie Mason
 Sarah Silverman

 

Question 10. Who was the only person with a speaking part in Mel Brooks' film Silent Movie?
 Mel Brooks
 Jerry Seinfeld
 Woody Allen
 Barbra Streisand
 Marcel Marceau