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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 of these early entertainers performed in blackface as a vital part of his or her act?
 Al Jolson
 Fanny Brice
 George Burns
 Groucho Marx

 

Question 2. Who played the interviewer in the sketch "The Two Thousand Year Old Man?"
 Sid Caesar
 Mel Brooks
 Carl Reiner
 Steve Allen

 

Question 3. 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 4. What were the names of the Three Stooges?
 Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
 Moe, Curly, Shemp
 Jerry, Kramer, George
 Groucho, Harpo, Chico
 Peter, Paul, Mary

 

Question 5. Which of these is the first biblical character to laugh?
 Adam
 Eve
 Abraham
 Sarah

 

Question 6. The Marx brothers--Julius, Adolph, and Leonard--were renamed
 Gummo, Zeppo, and Jimbo
 Athos, Porthos, and Aramis
 Greg, Peter, and Bobby
 Moe, Larry, and Curly
 Groucho, Harpo, and Chico

 

Question 7. What is Chelm?
 An approach to Jewish humor that is particularly cynical
 A mythical village populated, according to Jewish folklore, by fools
 A nickname that was given to particularly funny people in the shtetl
 A short film created by Jerry Seinfeld

 

Question 8. 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

 

Question 9. What is a shlemiel?
 A luckless fool
 A deliberately funny person
 A beggar
 A matchmaker

 

Question 10. Woody Allen's Oscar-winning film Annie Hall focuses on what subject?
 Dating between Jews and non-Jews
 Poverty
 Civil unrest in America
 Jewish comedy in the shtetls