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 is the author of the Russian-American novel Absurdistan?
 David Bezmozgis
 Ellen Litman
 Gary Shteyngart
 Dalia Sofer
 Maurice Sendak


Question 2. 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 3. What is Jewish literature?
 Literature written by Jews
 Literature written in a Jewish language
 Literature with Jewish content
 No definition is completely adequate


Question 4. 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 5. Which of these comic book characters was NOT created by Jews?


Question 6. 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 7. Up until the 1800s, which of these languages was not a widespread language used for writing Jewish fiction?


Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. Who was Daniel Levi De Barrios?
 A descendant of a Marrano family
 A Jewish poet
 A contributor to Spanish literature
 All of these