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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. 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 Accident
 The Gates of the Forest


Question 2. 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


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. Which of these comic book characters was NOT created by Jews?


Question 5. 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 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. 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 8. 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 9. Which Jewish literary character said, "Look at me! I'm going everywhere!"
 Max from "Where the Wild Things Are"
 Jonathan Safran Foer from "Everything Is Illuminated"
 Ruth Puttermesser from "The Puttermesser Papers"
 Augie March from "The Adventures of Augie Marsh"
 Jacob from "All Other Nights"


Question 10. 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