My Jewish Learning

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


Question 3. Who wrote "The Vale of Cedars," a reaction against "Ivanhoe"?
 Grace Aguilar
 Rivkah Kiktiner
 I.L. Peretz
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Sara Copio Sullam


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. Which book came out in 1960, around the time of Adolf Eichmann's arrest in Argentina, and eventually became the most frequently read story to emerge from the Holocaust?
 The Jews of Silence
 The Accident
 The Gates of the Forest


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


Question 9. 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 10. 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