Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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?
My Jewish Learning, a website launched in 2003 to bring Jewish education to people of all backgounds, has published a ten-question quiz for readers to assess their knowledge of Jewish humor.
It's a fun exercise, one that we recommend to take a nostalgic look at the origins of Jewish humor and some of its most notable practitioners.
The multiple choice questions range from humor in the shtetl to identifying the names of the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges. If you take the quiz multiple times, you may find that the questions are somewhat different and so is their order.
We had fun and were able to reflect on the wide range of Jewish humor that has brought us so much enjoyment over the years. We recommend that you immerse yourself in this nostalgic exercise once or a few times and see what score you come up with. Then try it out on your family and friends. Just click on the link below and enjoy!
(A tip of the kippah to Sheila Zucker for bringing this quiz to our attention.)