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

 

Question 2. What is the name of Mel Brooks' 1968 film, which later became a popular Broadway musical?
 Spaceballs
 History of the World, Part I
 Robin Hood: Men in Tights
 The Producers
 Blazing Saddles

 

Question 3. Der Dibuk, the infamous Yiddish film, was produced in which country?
 Poland
 USA
 Canada
 Australia

 

Question 4. Borat, the film based upon Sacha Baron Cohen sketches, brings to light....
 Anti-Semitism in the United States
 Cultural stereotyping
 The closed-mindedness of a certain type of American life
 Misogyny
 All of the above

 

Question 5. Who stars in the film version of Yentl?
 Woody Allen
 Mel Brooks
 Barbara Streisand
 Adam Sandler
 I. B. Singer

 

Question 6. 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 7. 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

 

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. Which of these films was inspired by the Bible?
 The Decalogue
 Evan Almighty
 The Ten
 B & C
 All of the above

 

Question 10. The first movie filmed in Israel (1896) was
 Exodus
 Train Station in Jerusalem
 Oded the Wanderer
 Gentleman's Agreement