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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. 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 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. Who directed Schindler's List?
 Ivan Reitman
 Steven Spielberg
 Ron Howard
 James Cameron

 

Question 4. What is Mel Brooks' real name?
 Morton Kelmanson
 Morris Cohen
 Melvin Kaminsky
 Moishe Mayer

 

Question 5. What is the full name of the Borat film?
 Borat: Welcome to America
 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America to Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
 Borat: The Search for Pamela Anderson
 Borat: Oh Kazakhstan!

 

Question 6. For many years of Israeli film, Ashkenazic Jews often played Sephardic roles, while Sephardim often played...
 Arab roles
 Extras
 Ashkenazic roles
 Non-speaking characters

 

Question 7. What is the premise of the movie Yentl?
 A Jewish girl pretends to be a boy in order to study at a yeshiva
 A Jewish boy pretends to be a girl to avoid the army
 A Jewish girl pretends to be a boy to fight off the Huns
 A Jewish boy runs away to avoid his upcoming marriage

 

Question 8. The 1981 film The Chosen was adapted from a book by which Jewish author?
 Phillip Roth
 Chaim Potok
 Sholom Aleichem
 Saul Bellow

 

Question 9. 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 10. All of the following movies are about the Holocaust except:
 Schindler's List
 The Pianist
 Life is Beautiful
 Sophie's Choice
 A Stranger Among Us