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Jewish Bioethics Quiz

When Jewish thinkers consider issues like euthanasia, abortion, and organ donation, they articulate diverse positions on the relationship between Jewish law, Jewish ethics, and secular ethics. How much do you know about Jewish bioethics?

Question 1. Nazis claimed that
 Jews were predisposed toward breast cancer
 Jews were predisposed to be very smart
 Jews were genetically inferior to non-Jews
 Jews all wanted to be blond


Question 2. True or False: There is a case of genetic engineering in the Bible.


Question 3. In the Talmud, the vital sign distinguishing life and death is
 the heart beating
 the ability to say the name of God


Question 4. What is the one principle that can be singled out for its prominence in Jewish bioethical discourse?
 God is at the center of all decision making
 There is a duty to save and preserve human life wherever possible
 Preventing pain is the most important factor in all medical decisions
 Both A and C


Question 5. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are
 Lung diseases common in Sephardic families
 Asthma conditions common in the Hasidic community
 Breast cancer genes commonly found in Jewish women
 Screening procedures for Jewish genetic diseases


Question 6. According to Jewish law, the permissibility for a healthy person to donate an organ (such as a kidney) is dependent on what?
 Whether or not one is a priest
 Whether or not one is a religiously observant person
 The risk of the procedure
 Whether or not the recipient is a religiously observant Jew


Question 7. Jewish genetic diseases occur
 only in the Ashkenazi community
 only in the Sephardic community
 only in those who descend from converts
 in all Jewish communities


Question 8. True or false: Judaism sees the termination of a pregnancy as murder.


Question 9. Which of the following denominations allow organ donation?
 Modern Orthodox
 All of the above


Question 10. True or false: The Jewish community has a poor track record of post-mortem organ donation.