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. 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 2. True or false: Jewish law always forbids organ donation.

True False

Qustion 3. Which of these legal and ethical issues are still up for debate among Jewish authorities?

If several people need a given organ, how do we decide who gets priority? Can organs be sold? Can organs be used without permission? All of these None of these

Qustion 4. True or false: In recent years, some liberal rabbis have suggested that active euthanasia be permitted in certain cases where the pain experienced by a terminally ill patient diminishes his/her ability to live in the image of God.

True False

Qustion 5. Couples should be genetically screened

Before they get married In the week after they get married After they have conceived a child Between their first and second children

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

Reform Conservative Modern Orthodox Reconstructionist All of the above

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 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 Jewish law, what is a goses?

A terminally ill patient, who is expected to die within 72 hours Someone who has been given a terminal diagnosis, but whose life expectancy is unknown A corpse within one day after death A person who wants to die
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