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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. When did Ladino writers start to use the Ladino language to keep their disparate culture alive?
 The 1880s


Question 2. Which of these is NOT a contemporary Israeli author?
 Aharon Appelfeld
 S.Y. Agnon
 Amoz Oz
 A.B. Yehoshua


Question 3. 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 4. Who was Daniel Levi De Barrios?
 A descendant of a Marrano family
 A Jewish poet
 A contributor to Spanish literature
 All of these


Question 5. Which of these Hebrew writers came first?
 Rahel the poetess
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 A.B. Yehoshua
 Yehuda Amichai


Question 6. 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 7. What is Franz Kafka's book Metamorphosis about?
 Josef K. is arrested and prosecuted for a crime that is not revealed to him, and his innocence seems impossible to prove, despite the lack of evidence
 Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up one morning and finds that he has turned into a "monstrous vermin"
 A man named K. takes a room in a village while waiting for his appointment at the nearby castle and talks to the local village-people, who are all stuck in the town without an apparent purpose
 A teenage boy is sent away by his family to a strange alternate version of the United States where the Statue of Liberty holds a sword in her hand instead of a torch, and a single bridge stretches between New York and Boston
 The influence of being raised Jewish in the pre-WWII environment of Prague


Question 8. Which of these Jewish writers was Polish?
 Bruno Schulz
 Isaac Babel
 Grace Aguilar
 Primo Levi


Question 9. Which of these is NOT an American Jewish poet?
 Samuel Menashe
 Emma Lazarus
 Paul Celan
 Allen Ginsberg


Question 10. Which of these comic book characters was NOT created by Jews?