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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. 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 2. In what language did Franz Kafka write?


Question 3. Which of these comic book characters was NOT created by Jews?


Question 4. 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 5. Which of these is NOT a contemporary Israeli author?
 Aharon Appelfeld
 S.Y. Agnon
 Amoz Oz
 A.B. Yehoshua


Question 6. 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 7. Who is the celebrated classical Yiddish writer known for short stories that inspired Fiddler on the Roof?
 Rivkah Tiktiner
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Sara Copio Sullam
 Primo Levi
 Sholem Aleichem


Question 8. Who was Rivkah Tiktiner?
 A Holocaust survivor who wrote poems about her wartime experiences
 A 16th-century Jewish educator, scholar, and author
 An Israeli novelist
 A Ladino writer


Question 9. Up until the 1800s, which of these languages was not a widespread language used for writing Jewish fiction?


Question 10. 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