Suffering & Evil Quiz


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

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Qustion 1. According to the Book of Ezekiel, can someone be punished for the deeds of his or her ancestors?

Yes No

Qustion 2. According to Saadiah Gaon, which of these is not a purpose of human suffering?

Education Punishment Testing Restitution None of the above

Qustion 3. According to Maimonides, what is the worst punishment for sinners?

Stoning Burning Dismemberment Karet

Qustion 4. 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 5. Why is the question of suffering and evil unique among theological and philosophical problems?

It confronts us almost daily Jewish history is replete with tragedy, both individual and communal The Holocaust significantly impacted the discourse around this problem All of the above

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. The phrase "freedom is a two-edged sword" is most characteristic of which Jewish philosophy?

Hasidism Haskalah Process Theology The Free Will Defense None of these

Qustion 8. True or false: In the Talmud, the rabbis tend to focus on theological solutions to the problem of evil, rather than the human response to suffering.

True False

Qustion 9. Who said that "in strict covenant theology, there can be no innocent sufferers"?

Richard Rubenstein Elie Wiesel Shimon Peres Viktor Frankl

Qustion 10. Which approach to a painful experience does Rabbi Harold Kushner recommend?

Pretending it didn't happen Dwelling in the pain Asking, "What did I do to deserve this?" Asking, "Now that this has happened to me, what am I going to do about it?"
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