My Jewish Learning

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. Which of the following was the site of a Jewish mass suicide in the face of Roman conquerors?
 Mt. Sinai
 Beer-sheba
 Mt. Ararat
 Masada

 

Question 2. Traditionally, upon entering a shiva, a visitor may not speak until
 They wash his/her hands
 They recite the Kaddish
 The mourner addresses them
 The mourner recites the Kaddish

 

Question 3. True or false: According to Jewish law, a convert is not obligated to sit shiva for a member of his/her gentile family.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. True or false: In Jewish law, a dying person is not afforded the same rights as a healthy person.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. Which of the following is NOT a common custom during shiva?
 Sitting low to the ground
 Covering mirrors
 Leaving doors unlocked
 Turning off all electrical appliances

 

Question 6. From the time they find out about a family member's death, until the burial, mourners are in a state called
 sheloshim
 tahara
 aninut
 kriah

 

Question 7. Traditionally, if a bride or groom suffers the loss of parent within the 30 days leading up to the wedding, the wedding is to be:
 Postponed until after sheloshim, the first 30 days of mourning
 Postponed until after the full 12-month mourning period required for a parent
 Held on the original date, but with restrictions on the joyousness of the event
 Held on the original date with no restrictions on the joyousness of the event

 

Question 8. The person who hears of the death of a parent, spouse, sibling or child is referred to as what up until the funeral?
 A kaddisha
 A kriah
 An onen
 An aninut

 

Question 9. According to Maimonides, the rules of mourning apply after the death of anyone older than
 Eight days
 30 days
 One year
 Five years

 

Question 10. According to tradition, what do Jews do to initiate the mourning period?
 They get down on their knees and cry
 They tear their clothing
 They give money to charity
 They eat a meal