My Jewish Learning

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. True or false: One is not required to sit shiva after the death of a step-parent.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. When might Jewish law permit autopsies?
 Never
 When the law of the land requires it
 When an autopsy can help cure a disease for others in the future
 Both B & C

 

Question 3. True or false: According to Jewish law, a convert is not obligated to sit shiva for a member of his/her gentile family.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. According to Jewish tradition, one is obligated to observe mourning rituals for the following relatives
 Father, mother, son, and daughter
 Father, brother, son, and husband
 Father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, and spouse
 Father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, and spouse

 

Question 5. Which of these is traditionally placed on a Jewish gravestone as a memorial?
 Flowers
 Dirt
 Money
 Stones

 

Question 6. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Ashrei
 Adon Olam
 Shema

 

Question 7. After tearing their clothing, what Hebrew phrase do Jewish mourners say?
 Mah Tovu Ohalekha Ya'akov
 Modeh Ani L'fanekha
 Baruch Dayan HaEmet
 Adon Olam

 

Question 8. True or false: Jewish tradition has no laws against cremation.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?
 7 days
 8 days
 9 days
 3 days

 

Question 10. True or false: There is no explicit prohibition against suicide in the Bible.
 True
 False