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. What is an example of pre-modern secular Hebrew literature?
 Some poems by Samuel HaNagid and Judah HaLevi
 Hebrew novels written during and about the crusades
 Hebrew sonnets produced in England at the time of Shakespeare
 All of these


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


Question 3. 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 4. Which of these Hebrew writers came first?
 Rahel the poetess
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 A.B. Yehoshua
 Yehuda Amichai


Question 5. Which of these books features a climactic scene set in New York Harbor as a pair of tefilin bobs up and down in the water?
 In the Image
 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay


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. 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 of these books is NOT about the Jewish immigrant experience?
 Call it Sleep
 The Rise of David Levinsky
 The Ritual Bath
 The Promised Land


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