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. Who said that "everything is foreseen [by God], yet man has the capacity to choose freely"?

Josephus Rabbi Akiba Shimon bar Yohai Hanina ben Hama

Qustion 2. Which Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?

Maimonides Hasdai Crescas Isaac Luria Joseph Soloveitchik Judah Halevi

Qustion 3. Which of these problems concerned medieval philosophers?

How to reconcile free will and divine providence How to reconcile free will and divine foreknowledge How to ensure that human beings experience the feeling of freedom A & B only All of the above

Qustion 4. Elliot Dorff, a Conservative rabbi and theologian, has used arguments about genetic predeterminism and free will to respond to what issue?

Poverty Rights for Homosexuals Kashrut Freedom of speech

Qustion 5. 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

Qustion 6. 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 7. What does Abraham Joshua Heschel believe about free will?

The self does not belong to the physical world, and it possesses and controls the will The laws of Judaism reflect a conviction that the human power to choose is weaker than is generally supposed Humans have come to look at life as completely predetermined, and they need to free themselves from this view, whether or not it is true All of these None of these

Qustion 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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
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