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Divorce Quiz

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

Question 1. 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 2. During the divorce ritual, what does the man do to officially declare that the woman is free to remarry?
 Drop the get into the woman's hands
 Tear the corners of the get
 Burn the get
 Brings the get to a local rabbi to get his signature


Question 3. Which text requires that a get be granted with the husband's "full consent"?
 The Midrash
 The Torah
 The Talmud
 The Zohar


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. True or false: The Mishnah lists a series of circumstances when a woman can ask the rabbinic court to compel her husband to perform the acts required for a divorce.


Question 7. 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 8. Who writes the get in the Jewish divorce ritual?
 The husband
 A rabbi
 A secular legal official
 A scribe


Question 9. True or false: Orthodox rabbis have almost completely eradicated the agunah problem.


Question 10. What is a ketubah?
 A marriage agreement
 A bill of divorce
 A summons to appear before the Beit Din to discuss divorce
 The written amount of money a woman gets for alimony