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Jewish Humor Quiz

Jews have long used humor as a tool for self-ridicule, fighting anti-Semitism, and even passing down traditions. And in the past few decades Jewish humor has become significant in mainstream popular culture. How much do you know about Jewish humor?



Question 1. Which Jewish writer produced classics of bittersweet humor?
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Sholem Aleichem
 I.L. Peretz
 All of these

 

Question 2. Who loosely portrayed Fanny Brice in the film Funny Girl?
 Lily Tomlin
 Edith Ann
 Barbra Streisand
 Meryl Streep
 Goldie Hawn

 

Question 3. Fanny Brice rose to stardom despite being unable to
 Sing
 Dance
 Speak Yiddish
 Act

 

Question 4. According to Joan Rivers, what would've been the best way for her to deal with her husband's suicide?
 To talk about it onstage
 To withdraw from acting for good
 To write
 To say kaddish

 

Question 5. What was The Goldbergs?
 A humorous work of fiction, written first in Yiddish
 The original name of All in the Family
 A radio show about a Jewish family, which later became a television show
 The most popular vaudeville show in history

 

Question 6. Who was the only person with a speaking part in Mel Brooks' film Silent Movie?
 Mel Brooks
 Jerry Seinfeld
 Woody Allen
 Barbra Streisand
 Marcel Marceau

 

Question 7. What was Mel Brooks's first box office success?
 Robin Hood, Men in Tights
 Blazing Saddles
 History of the World, Part I
 Young Frankenstein
 To Be, or Not to Be

 

Question 8. Which of these TV characters is Jewish?
 Ross on Friends
 Fran on The Nanny
 Jerry on Seinfeld
 All of these

 

Question 9. What year did Seinfeld premiere?
 1991
 1994
 1989
 1992
 None of the above

 

Question 10. Many of which characters' sketches on Sesame Street are adaptations of traditional Jewish jokes?
 Ernie and Bert
 Big Bird and Snuffy
 Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
 Big Bird and Count von Count
 Cookie Monster and Elmo