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 is the author of the Russian-American novel Absurdistan?
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