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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. 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

 

Question 2. Which of these themes is commonly addressed in Jewish humor?
 Anti-Semitism
 Poverty
 The immigrant experience
 Neurotics on New York's Upper West Side
 All of these

 

Question 3. For which TV show was Sid Caesar renown?
 You Bet Your Life
 Your Show of Shows
 M*A*S*H
 The Goldbergs

 

Question 4. Which of these people was not a Marx Brother?
 Zeppo
 Harpo
 Chico
 Frenchy
 Gummo

 

Question 5. True or false: Fanny Brice, an early star of the Ziegfield Follies, only performed in Yiddish.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. What were the names of the Three Stooges?
 Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
 Moe, Curly, Shemp
 Jerry, Kramer, George
 Groucho, Harpo, Chico
 Peter, Paul, Mary

 

Question 7. 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 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 was Lenny Bruce's "Jewish and Goyish" routine first published?
 MAD Magazine
 Playboy
 The New Yorker
 The New York Times

 

Question 10. Who loosely portrayed Fanny Brice in the film Funny Girl?
 Lily Tomlin
 Edith Ann
 Barbra Streisand
 Meryl Streep
 Goldie Hawn