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 main character in Philip Roth's book about a man's unrelenting monologue, delivered to his therapist, about his sexual appetites and adventures?
Question 2. Who was Daniel Levi De Barrios?
A descendant of a Marrano family
A Jewish poet
A contributor to Spanish literature
All of these
Question 3. Which of these comic book characters was NOT created by Jews?
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. 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
Question 6. Who is the celebrated classical Yiddish writer known for short stories that inspired Fiddler on the Roof?
Mendele Mokher Seforim
Sara Copio Sullam
Question 7. Which book came out in 1960, around the time of Adolf Eichmann's arrest in Argentina, and eventually became the most frequently read story to emerge from the Holocaust?
The Jews of Silence
The Gates of the Forest
Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. Saul Bellow is the only author who has ever won the National Book Award three times. For which three books did he win?
The Old System, Mosby's Memoirs, and Tell Me a Riddle
To Jerusalem and Back, Something to Remember Me By, and The Adventures of Augie March
The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet
Mr. Sammler's Planet, Herzog, and To Jerusalem and Back