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. Which of these Jewish movements was responsible for the surge in 18th-century Jewish literature?
The Haskalah movement.
The Hasidic movement.
The Reform movement.
The Mussar movement.
None of the above.
Question 2. 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 3. What subjects did Russian-born Hebrew poets Hayim Nahman Bialik and Saul Tchernichovsky write about in the late 1800s?
The land of Israel
All of the above
Question 4. What is the name of Erica Jong's sexually provocative and satirical novel about a Jewish woman from New York?
Fear of Flying
Tropic of Cancer
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Fear of Fifty
Question 5. Which of these books features a fictional history of Jews in the comic book industry?
In the Image
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Question 6. Who is the celebrated classical Yiddish writer known for short stories that inspired Fiddler on the Roof?
Mendele Mokher Seforim
Sara Copio Sullam
Question 7. Who is the author of the Russian-American novel Absurdistan?
Question 8. 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 9. Who is the main character in Philip Roth's book about a man's unrelenting monologue, delivered to his therapist, about his sexual appetites and adventures?
Question 10. Philip Roth's last novel in the Death Trilogy resurrects his literary alter-ego of eight previous novels, Nathan Zuckerman. What is the title of this last book?
The Dying Animal
The Ghost Writer