Jewish Bioethics Quiz


When Jewish thinkers consider issues like euthanasia, abortion, and organ donation, they articulate diverse positions on the relationship between Jewish law, Jewish ethics, and secular ethics. How much do you know about Jewish bioethics?

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Qustion 1. True or False: There is a case of genetic engineering in the Bible.

True False

Qustion 2. According to Jewish law, the permissibility for a healthy person to donate an organ (such as a kidney) is dependent on what?

Whether or not one is a priest Whether or not one is a religiously observant person The risk of the procedure Whether or not the recipient is a religiously observant Jew

Qustion 3. True or False: All Jews are pro-choice.

True False

Qustion 4. According to most traditional Jewish authorities, who is legally considered the father of a child born via donor sperm?

The man who raises the child The man who provides the sperm They are both considered fathers of the child The child is considered to have no father

Qustion 5. The traditional Jewish principle guiding end-of-life decisions is that nothing can be done to hasten death, but _____________ can be removed.

Anything that hindrances death Feeding tubes and IVs Medications other than those that combat pain Unpleasant odors

Qustion 6. Which of the following denominations allow organ donation?

Reform Conservative Modern Orthodox Reconstructionist All of the above

Qustion 7. Nazis claimed that

Jews were predisposed toward breast cancer Jews were predisposed to be very smart Jews were genetically inferior to non-Jews Jews all wanted to be blond

Qustion 8. Jewish genetic diseases occur

only in the Ashkenazi community only in the Sephardic community only in those who descend from converts in all Jewish communities

Qustion 9. What is the one principle that can be singled out for its prominence in Jewish bioethical discourse?

God is at the center of all decision making There is a duty to save and preserve human life wherever possible Preventing pain is the most important factor in all medical decisions Both A and C

Qustion 10. According to some Orthodox rabbinic authorities there is concern that the use of donor sperm to impregnate a woman who was having trouble conceiving would constitute what?

Stealing Murder Adultery Impurity
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