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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. Many of which characters' sketches on Sesame Street are adaptations of traditional Jewish jokes?
 Ernie and Bert
 Big Bird and Snuffy
 Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
 Big Bird and Count von Count
 Cookie Monster and Elmo

 

Question 2. Which of these people was not a Marx Brother?
 Zeppo
 Harpo
 Chico
 Frenchy
 Gummo

 

Question 3. Which Jewish writer produced classics of bittersweet humor?
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Sholem Aleichem
 I.L. Peretz
 All of these

 

Question 4. What was The Goldbergs?
 A humorous work of fiction, written first in Yiddish
 The original name of All in the Family
 A radio show about a Jewish family, which later became a television show
 The most popular vaudeville show in history

 

Question 5. Fanny Brice rose to stardom despite being unable to
 Sing
 Dance
 Speak Yiddish
 Act

 

Question 6. Which of these TV characters is Jewish?
 Ross on Friends
 Fran on The Nanny
 Jerry on Seinfeld
 All of these

 

Question 7. What contemporary Jewish comedian made the video "The Great Schlep?"
 Adam Sandler
 Seth Rogen
 Jackie Mason
 Sarah Silverman

 

Question 8. 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 9. According to Joan Rivers, what would've been the best way for her to deal with her husband's suicide?
 To talk about it onstage
 To withdraw from acting for good
 To write
 To say kaddish

 

Question 10. The Marx brothers--Julius, Adolph, and Leonard--were renamed
 Gummo, Zeppo, and Jimbo
 Athos, Porthos, and Aramis
 Greg, Peter, and Bobby
 Moe, Larry, and Curly
 Groucho, Harpo, and Chico