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Jewish Film Quiz

Jews have always played a key role in the American movie industry, and in recent years, Israeli films have achieved a new level of international acclaim. Jewish themes have also shown up frequently in Hollywood productions. How much do you know about Jewish films, actors, directors, and stories?



Question 1. The Israeli film Hamsin is considered a landmark production because....
 It honestly portrayed Arab-Jewish relations
 It was the first film in Hebrew
 It won an Oscar
 It was the first Israeli film in English
 It played in hundreds of American theaters

 

Question 2. Richard Dreyfuss, Anthony Hopkins, and Burt Lancaster all played Isareli leaders in the film...
 Victory at Entebbe
 Schindler's List
 Silence of the Lambs
 Exodus
 Munich

 

Question 3. The 1966 film Cast A Giant Shadow features which actor playing a half-American, half-Israeli hero?
 Marlon Brando
 Zero Mostel
 Woody Allen
 Kirk Douglas

 

Question 4. Fiddler on the Roof is based on:
 A true story of life of a Polish shtetl
 A collection of Sholom Aleichem short stories
 Nothing, it is an original work of fiction
 An adaptation of biblical stories
 The Hanukkah story

 

Question 5. Woody Allen's birth name was:
 Allen Stewart Konigsberg
 Jon Leibowitz
 Melvin Kaminsky
 Richard Lewis
 Robert Allen Zimmerman

 

Question 6. What movie, released in 2001, parodies Jewish summer camps?
 Jesus Camp
 Wet Hot American Summer
 Salute Your Shorts
 Spaceballs
 500 Days of Summer

 

Question 7. Adam Sandler plays a Mossad agent who wants to become a hairdresser in:
 Billy Madison
 Happy Gilmore
 You Don't Mess with the Zohan
 Waterboy
 Eight Crazy Nights

 

Question 8. During which decade do scholars generally agree that the unofficial boundary to mainstream American cinema was dropped for Jews?
 1920s
 1930s
 1940s
 1950s
 1960s

 

Question 9. When was the original version of the film The Jazz Singer made?
 1980
 1927
 1965
 2001
 1948

 

Question 10. Which film is considered the Jewish turning point of Steven Spielberg's career?
 Raiders of the Lost Ark
 The Color Purple
 Schindler's List
 Saving Private Ryan
 Amistad