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Free Will Quiz

The paradox of human free will and God's infinite knowledge and power has troubled Jewish thinkers at every point in Jewish history. How much do you know about this debate?



Question 1. According to Maimonides, Godís "special providence" is limited to
 Tzaddikim
 Human beings
 Jews
 Torah scholars

 

Question 2. Which Jewish philosopher suggested that God knows the options from which we will choose, but doesnít know the specific choice we will make?
 Philo
 Saadiah Gaon
 Gersonides
 Moses Mendelsohn

 

Question 3. Which Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?
 Maimonides
 Hasdai Crescas
 Isaac Luria
 Joseph Soloveitchik
 Judah Halevi

 

Question 4. Many kabbalists believe that God's providence does not extend to which of the following?
 Animals
 Tzaddikim
 Hasidic Jews
 People who do not study Kabbalah

 

Question 5. Which of the following did not have his/their heart(s) hardened by God?
 Pharaoh
 The Moabite king Sihon
 The army of Canaan
 Moses

 

Question 6. Which talmudic sage said that "everything is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven"?
 Shimon bar Yohai
 Hanina ben Hama
 Shmuel
 Rava bar bar Hama

 

Question 7. True or false: The Bible has examples of God announcing predetermined events and interfering with individual choices.
 True
 False