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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?

Question 1. 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


Question 2. Which of the following denominations allow organ donation?
 Modern Orthodox
 All of the above


Question 3. 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


Question 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


Question 5. The concept of a surrogate mother is introduced in the Bible with which characters?
 Hagar and Sarah
 Hannah and Peninah
 Rachel and Leah
 Lot's Daughters


Question 6. Which of the following biblical characters seems to have requested an assisted suicide?


Question 7. According to traditional Jewish sources, when does death occur?
 When the heart stops beating
 When breathing totally and irreversibly ceases
 When a person says the Shema and closes his/her eyes for the last time
 Any of the above


Question 8. True or false: In some situations, Jewish law actually requires a woman to have an abortion.


Question 9. True or false: Judaism sees the termination of a pregnancy as murder.


Question 10. 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