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. 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. Which of these books features a fictional history of Jews in the comic book industry?
 In the Image
 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay


Question 6. 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 7. Who is the author of the Russian-American novel Absurdistan?
 David Bezmozgis
 Ellen Litman
 Gary Shteyngart
 Dalia Sofer
 Maurice Sendak


Question 8. In "Bee Season," to what does Eliza Neumann's brother attribute her spelling bee triumphs?
 Their parents' exhaustive training.
 The fact that they were raised speaking both English and Hebrew.
 A supernatural kabbalistic gift.
 A combination of all three.
 None of the above.


Question 9. 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?
 Nathan Zuckerman
 E.I. Lonoff
 Bernard Malamud
 Alexander Portnoy


Question 10. Philip Roth's last novel in the Death Trilogy resurrects his literary alter-ego of eight previous novels, Nathan Zuckerman. What is the title of this last book?
 The Dying Animal
 Exit Ghost
 The Ghost Writer