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. 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 2. 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 3. What is a shlemiel?
A luckless fool
A deliberately funny person
Question 4. True or false: Humor is one of the hallmarks of Yiddish literature.
Question 5. Where was Lenny Bruce's "Jewish and Goyish" routine first published?
The New Yorker
The New York Times
Question 6. "I do not know whether there are many other instances of a people making fun to such a degree of its own character." Who said this about the Jews?
Question 7. 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
Question 8. Which of these TV characters is Jewish?
Ross on Friends
Fran on The Nanny
Jerry on Seinfeld
All of these
Question 9. Woody Allen's Oscar-winning film Annie Hall focuses on what subject?
Dating between Jews and non-Jews
Civil unrest in America
Jewish comedy in the shtetls
Question 10. 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