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Jewish Literature Quiz

From 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 wrote "The Vale of Cedars," a reaction against "Ivanhoe"?
 Grace Aguilar
 Rivkah Kiktiner
 I.L. Peretz
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Sara Copio Sullam


Question 2. 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 3. What is an example of pre-modern secular Hebrew literature?
 Some poems by Samuel HaNagid and Judah HaLevi
 Hebrew novels written during and about the crusades
 Hebrew sonnets produced in England at the time of Shakespeare
 All of these


Question 4. Milton Steinberg's novel about the life of Elisha ben Abuyah, who interacts with famous sages such as Rabbi Akiba and Rabbi Meir, is called:
 As It Was Written
 East River
 As a Driven Leaf
 The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N


Question 5. 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?
 Nathan Zuckerman
 E.I. Lonoff
 Bernard Malamud
 Alexander Portnoy


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 Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer is on a quest to the Ukraine to find a woman named Augustine, who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Who is the author?
 Saul Bellow
 David Bezmozgis
 Jonathan Safran Foer
 Joan Leegant


Question 8. Which of these comic book characters was NOT created by Jews?


Question 9. Which of these writers is known as the "grandfather of Yiddish literature"?
 Mendele Mokher Sefforim
 S.Y. Agnon
 Franz Kafka
 Grace Aguilar
 I.B. Singer


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