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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 of these Hebrew writers came first?
 Rahel the poetess
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 A.B. Yehoshua
 Yehuda Amichai


Question 2. Which of these is NOT an American Jewish poet?
 Samuel Menashe
 Emma Lazarus
 Paul Celan
 Allen Ginsberg


Question 3. 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 4. In what language did Franz Kafka write?


Question 5. 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


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


Question 7. Who was Daniel Levi De Barrios?
 A descendant of a Marrano family
 A Jewish poet
 A contributor to Spanish literature
 All of these


Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. Which of these comic book characters was NOT created by Jews?