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Divorce Quiz

What are the details of ending a Jewish marriage? What contemporary concerns figure into the discussion?

Question 1. What is a shetar piturin?
 A series of questions the rabbi must ask the husband to make sure he is legally able to divorce his wife
 A document of release granted by the rabbi, which allows divorcees to remarry
 A specified amount of money that the husband must pay the wife upon divorce
 The rabbinic court which has expertise in the laws of Jewish divorce


Question 2. What happens to the get once it has been presented to the rabbi?
 It is filed away.
 It is torn up.
 It is publicly displayed for 14 days.


Question 3. When might a conditional get be granted?
 Before marriage, just in case anything happens to the husband
 If the husband expects to face a situation of mortal danger
 If the husband falls ill
 By the Beit Din, in case the husband couldn't grant a get before he died


Question 4. What is the Hebrew term for a woman that cannot remarry because she doesn't have a get?


Question 5. Which of these statements best describes the Reform movement's policy on divorce?
 The moment a couple divorces in a civil court in the U.S., their marriage is considered dissolved in the eyes of Jewish law.
 A get is absolutely required, but it can be initiated by either the husband or the wife.
 A get is required to end marriages between a man and a woman, but not to end same-sex marriages.
 When a man divorces the wife of his youth, even the altar of God sheds tears.


Question 6. What is an agunah?
 A bill of divorce.
 A woman who has been divorced.
 A woman who wants a divorce, but whose husband will not grant it.
 Someone who has been divorced and wants to marry again.


Question 7. What is a "conditional divorce"?
 The equivalent to a trial separation.
 A divorce granted when a husband faces mortal danger.
 When one party wants a divorce and the other does not.
 Any of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 8. Which of these statements about mamzerim is true?
 They may only marry converts or other mamzerim
 They are the result of an adulterous or incestuous union
 Although they are limited in who they can marry, they suffer no other penalties according to Jewish law
 All of the above


Question 9. If a man refuses to give his wife a Jewish bill of divorce, what is her legal status?
 She is considered a "chained wife" who cannot remarry
 She is shunned by society
 She can become a mistress to another man
 She has to be a servant in her husband's household


Question 10. Which of these procedures involves a shoe?
 Granting a get.
 Granting a get.
 A conditional get.