Free Will Quiz


The paradox of human free will and God's infinite knowledge and power has troubled Jewish thinkers at every point in Jewish history. How much do you know about this debate?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. Which Jewish philosopher suggested that God knows the options from which we will choose, but doesn’t know the specific choice we will make?

Philo Saadiah Gaon Gersonides Moses Mendelsohn

Qustion 2. Which of the following thinkers posited that having free choice is not as good a state as doing right automatically?

Nahmanides Hasdai Crescas Kierkegaard Ibn Ezra

Qustion 3. Which talmudic sage said that "everything is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven"?

Shimon bar Yohai Hanina ben Hama Shmuel Rava bar bar Hama

Qustion 4. Which of these modern scientific advances challenge the Jewish idea of free will?

Sigmund Freud's suggestion that our behaviors are guided by unconscious drives Genetic science about the extent to which our lives and inclinations are programmed into our biological constitution Discoveries about organic aspects of our personalities A & B only All of the above

Qustion 5. Which modern thinker believed that the goal of a human's development is freedom and independence?

Martin Buber Abraham Joshua Heschel Rachel Adler Erich Fromm

Qustion 6. Which of the following did not have his/their heart(s) hardened by God?

Pharaoh The Moabite king Sihon The army of Canaan Moses

Qustion 7. How does Maimonides deal with the problem of free choice?

By embracing the idea that man has free will, but that God has foreknowledge with what each person will choose By rejecting the concept outright By saying that God rejects free will, but God wants human beings to believe that it exists All of these None of these

Qustion 8. Which Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?

Maimonides Hasdai Crescas Isaac Luria Joseph Soloveitchik Judah Halevi

Qustion 9. Who believed that free will doesn't really exist, but human beings need to believe it does?

Ludwig Wittgenstein Yeshayahu Leibowitz Josephus Maimonides

Qustion 10. According to Maimonides, God’s "special providence" is limited to

Tzaddikim Human beings Jews Torah scholars
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