Jewish Humor QuizJews 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?
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?
All in the Family
Question 3. What is a shlemiel?
A luckless fool
A deliberately funny person
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?
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?
Question 9. What contemporary Jewish comedian made the video "The Great Schlep?"
Question 10. Who was the only person with a speaking part in Mel Brooks' film Silent Movie?