Jewish Literature QuizFrom 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"?
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
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?
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?
Jonathan Safran Foer
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
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