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 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 2. True or false: Fanny Brice, an early star of the Ziegfield Follies, only performed in Yiddish.
Question 3. Which of these is the first biblical character to laugh?
Question 4. Fanny Brice rose to stardom despite being unable to
Question 5. A comedy trend of the '90s called "sick humor" owes its inspiration to whom?
Question 6. Where was Lenny Bruce's "Jewish and Goyish" routine first published?
The New Yorker
The New York Times
Question 7. 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 8. According to Joan Rivers, what would've been the best way for her to deal with her husband's suicide?
To talk about it onstage
To withdraw from acting for good
To say kaddish
Question 9. What year did Seinfeld premiere?
None of the above
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