Jewish Literature QuizFrom legends in the Bible and Talmud, to the American masters Bellow and Roth, storytelling has been an integral part of Jewish life. How much do you know about Jewish literature?
Question 1. Who is the author of the Russian-American novel Absurdistan?
Question 2. Which writer survived the Holocaust, only to commit suicide years later?
None of the above.
Question 3. Who was S.Y. Agnon?
An Israeli who won the Nobel Prize for literature
An author who conflated his own biography with his fictional writing
An influence on A. B. Yehoshua, Aharon Appelfeld, and Yehuda Amichai
All of these
Question 4. What poem written by American-Jewish poet Emma Lazarus contains the following quote: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore"?
In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport
The New Colossus
The Crowing of the Red Cock
The Banner of the Jew
Question 5. Which is NOT a major category of Ladino literature?
Translations of sacred texts, such as the Hebrew Bible, the High Holiday prayerbook, and the Passover Haggadah
Rabbinic literature, including commentaries on Jewish texts and Jewish law
Folk tales, fables, proverbs, poems, and short stories
Novels, TV shows, and movies, both newly written and those that were made from older Ladino folk tales
Question 6. Which Jewish literary character said, "Look at me! I'm going everywhere!"
Max from "Where the Wild Things Are"
Jonathan Safran Foer from "Everything Is Illuminated"
Ruth Puttermesser from "The Puttermesser Papers"
Augie March from "The Adventures of Augie Marsh"
Jacob from "All Other Nights"
Question 7. In "Bee Season," to what does Eliza Neumann's brother attribute her spelling bee triumphs?
Their parents' exhaustive training.
The fact that they were raised speaking both English and Hebrew.
A supernatural kabbalistic gift.
A combination of all three.
None of the above.
Question 8. Modern Jewish children's literature first emerged in America less than 100 years ago with what book?
The Adventures of K'tonton, by Sadie Rose Weilerstein
Molly's Pilgrim, by Barbara Cohen
Sydney Taylor's five All-of-a-Kind Family books
Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl
Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
Question 9. Which of these books is NOT about the Jewish immigrant experience?
Call it Sleep
The Rise of David Levinsky
The Ritual Bath
The Promised Land
Question 10. Which of these books features a climactic scene set in New York Harbor as a pair of tefilin bobs up and down in the water?
In the Image
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay