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?

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Qustion 1. 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 2. What did the Hasidic Izbicer Rebbe teach about free will?

Humans do not have the ability to choose their actions God is the source of all human actions Humans can control their thoughts and intentions All of these None of these

Qustion 3. 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 4. According to Isaac Luria, why is free will a difficult concept to accept?

Because there is nothing separate from God Because chaos is impossible to predict Because God cannot have foreknowledge of human actions Because there is no difference between fatalism and determinism

Qustion 5. According to Maimonides, God’s "special providence" is limited to

Tzaddikim Human beings Jews Torah scholars

Qustion 6. Which Christian thinker's view on free will parallels Maimonides' view?

Thomas Aquinas Robert Audi Immanuel Kant Søren Kierkegaard

Qustion 7. What does the term hashgahah mean?

Predetermination Divine providence Free Will Godliness

Qustion 8. Who believed that free will doesn't really exist, but human beings need to believe it does?

Ludwig Wittgenstein Yeshayahu Leibowitz Josephus Maimonides

Qustion 9. True or false: Jewish tradition assumes that humans’ actions are significant in the greater scheme of things.

True False

Qustion 10. Many kabbalists believe that God's providence does not extend to which of the following?

Animals Tzaddikim Hasidic Jews People who do not study Kabbalah
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