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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. In what language did Franz Kafka write?


Question 2. 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


Question 3. Who is the author of the Russian-American novel Absurdistan?
 David Bezmozgis
 Ellen Litman
 Gary Shteyngart
 Dalia Sofer
 Maurice Sendak


Question 4. 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 5. When did Ladino writers start to use the Ladino language to keep their disparate culture alive?
 The 1880s


Question 6. Which of these writers is known as the "grandfather of Yiddish literature"?
 Mendele Mokher Sefforim
 S.Y. Agnon
 Franz Kafka
 Grace Aguilar
 I.B. Singer


Question 7. Which writer survived the Holocaust, only to commit suicide years later?
 Franz Kafka
 Max Brod
 I.L. Peretz
 Paul Celan
 None of the above.


Question 8. Who wrote "The Vale of Cedars," a reaction against "Ivanhoe"?
 Grace Aguilar
 Rivkah Kiktiner
 I.L. Peretz
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Sara Copio Sullam


Question 9. Up until the 1800s, which of these languages was not a widespread language used for writing Jewish fiction?


Question 10. Modern Jewish children's literature first emerged in America less than 100 years ago with what book?
 The Adventures of K'tonton, by Sadie Rose Weilerstein
 Molly's Pilgrim, by Barbara Cohen
 Sydney Taylor's five All-of-a-Kind Family books
 Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl
 Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry