Suffering & Evil Quiz


Jewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. True or false: The concept of reward and punishment is the Torah's explanation for the existence of suffering.

True False

Qustion 2. What do traditional Jewish sources teach about Hell?

There is no afterlife in Judaism There is a heaven and a hell, similar to the Christian division There is an incorporeal "middle ground" called Gehennom, or purgatory There is an afterlife, but only for good people

Qustion 3. What is the philosophical conclusion reached by the Book of Job?

Job suffered in this world in order to achieve a reward in the next Humans are just toys to be played with by God and the angels It is fruitless for humans to try to figure out why God causes some righteous people to suffer All of these None of these

Qustion 4. The problem of justifying God despite the existence of evil is called:

Theosophany Theodicy Eschatology Teshuvah None of the above

Qustion 5. What is Rabbi Harold Kushner's belief about "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"?

Certain people may seem outwardly good but be evil on the inside God does not cause our misfortunes, because not everything that happens in the world is due to God's will Bad things that happen in this lifetime are advance repayment for good things that will happen in the next All of these None of these

Qustion 6. What is Berkovits and Cohen's “Free Will Defense" argument about the source of evil and suffering?

Human evil is the necessary and ever present possibility entailed by the reality of human freedom Because humans have free will, nothing is truly evil Because free will does not exist, God is culpable for all sins Humans have too much freedom, and only religion may restrict it

Qustion 7. True or false: In traditional Jewish thought, Satan does not exist.

True False

Qustion 8. In Reeve Robert Brenner's study documenting Holocaust survivors' faith in God, what results were found?

Survivors were far more likely to believe in God Survivors were far less likely to believe in God The Holocaust did not extremely affect survivors' belief in God

Qustion 9. What is the Sitra Ahra?

"The Other Side," a reference to the forces of evil "That Which Protects from Evil" "The Talisman," a reference to writings about suffering "The Second Door," a reference to Purgatory

Qustion 10. Who said that "in strict covenant theology, there can be no innocent sufferers"?

Richard Rubenstein Elie Wiesel Shimon Peres Viktor Frankl
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