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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. 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 2. True or false: Humor is one of the hallmarks of Yiddish literature.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. Where was Lenny Bruce's "Jewish and Goyish" routine first published?
 MAD Magazine
 Playboy
 The New Yorker
 The New York Times

 

Question 4. Which of these comedians is NOT Jewish?
 Roseanne Barr
 Jerry Seinfeld
 Bob Newhart
 Jon Stewart

 

Question 5. What is a shlemiel?
 A luckless fool
 A deliberately funny person
 A beggar
 A matchmaker

 

Question 6. Who was the Jewish cast member on All in the Family?
 Archie Bunker
 Stephanie Mills
 Meathead
 Edith Bunker

 

Question 7. "Hanukkah Harry," "Jewess Jeans," and "Jew, Not a Jew," are sketches from what TV show?
 Caesar's Hour
 Your Show of Shows
 National Lampoon Radio Hour
 Saturday Night Live
 Uncle Andy's Funhouse

 

Question 8. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
 Moe
 Larry
 Curly
 Shemp

 

Question 9. Which of these is an example of Jewish humor in the Middle Ages?
 The few deliberately funny passages of the Shulhan Arukh
 The "laughing cure" used to ward off the Black Plague
 Purim plays known as shpiels
 All of these

 

Question 10. How did the magazine National Lampoon set a new comedic standard?
 By softening up some of the more harsh and vulgur aspects of Jewish humor
 By being the first Jewish humor magazine to be published
 By printing both comedic jokes and stories, as well as original Yiddish folk tales
 By using mockery exemplified by sarcasm and ironic detachment