My Jewish Learning

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. In Jewish tradition, the face of the deceased at a burial is
 Covered except for the eyes
 Covered except for the mouth
 Completely uncovered


Question 2. 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


Question 3. 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 4. What is a shomer in the context of death and mourning?
 Someone who cannot attend funerals
 A non-Jew who washes the dead body
 Someone who guards over the body until its burial
 Someone who gives a eulogy at a funeral


Question 5. Which biblical character is said to have delivered the first ethical will to his/her descendents?


Question 6. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Adon Olam


Question 7. From the time they find out about a family member's death, until the burial, mourners are in a state called


Question 8. Which of the following was the site of a Jewish mass suicide in the face of Roman conquerors?
 Mt. Sinai
 Mt. Ararat


Question 9. The kaddish prayer is in what language?


Question 10. Jews traditionally recite the viddui (confession) before they die and
 On Yom Kippur
 At the Passover seder
 After healing from a life-threatening illness
 After their bar/bat mitzvah