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. 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?
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?
Mendele Mokher Seforim
Sara Copio Sullam
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