Jewish Humor QuizJews 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 people was not a Marx Brother?
Question 2. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
Question 3. For which TV show was Sid Caesar renown?
You Bet Your Life
Your Show of Shows
Question 4. 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 5. What was the Borscht Belt?
A humorous term used to describe overweight Jews
A funny short film produced by Jerry Seinfeld
A name given to the hotels in the Catskills where Jews vacationed
All of these
Question 6. Who was the only person with a speaking part in Mel Brooks' film Silent Movie?
Question 7. What were the names of the Three Stooges?
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
Moe, Curly, Shemp
Jerry, Kramer, George
Groucho, Harpo, Chico
Peter, Paul, Mary
Question 8. What was the Borscht Belt?
A Jewish comedy school in Russia
An informal gang of Jewish comedians
A famed restaurant theatre
An area with several summertime resorts outside New York City
Question 9. Where and when did Jewish humor begin as a genre?
In the shtetls, where Yiddish folk tales found humor in the often-difficult everyday lives of the people in 19th-century Eastern Europe
In the desert, while the Jews were wandering for 40 years; they had to find some way to keep themselves entertained
At the turn of the 20th century, as Jewish comedians poked fun at the immigrant experience and the frustrations Jews faced trying to assimilate into American society
As Jewish peddlers travelled on the frontier, they entertained themselves and their customers by telling jokes
In the mid-20th century, as radio shows and comedy skits became more popular
Question 10. Will & Grace was the first TV show that
Was a comedy series featuring a gay male lead
Featured an interfaith marriage
Had a Jewish female lead predominantly free of negative stereotyping
Both A & B
Both A & C