My Jewish Learning

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. When might Jewish law permit autopsies?
 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 2. True or false: One is not required to sit shiva after the death of a step-parent.


Question 3. True or false: According to the Talmud, the same rules apply to a mourner, whether male or female.


Question 4. Which of the following was the site of a Jewish mass suicide in the face of Roman conquerors?
 Mt. Sinai
 Mt. Ararat


Question 5. Which of these events, in traditional Judaism, will prematurely end a shiva?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 6. How many Jews are required to be present during the recitation of the Mourner's Kaddish?


Question 7. According to tradition, what do Jews do to initiate the mourning period?
 They get down on their knees and cry
 They tear their clothing
 They give money to charity
 They eat a meal


Question 8. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Adon Olam


Question 9. Yahrzeit is observed on
 Eight days after death
 One month after death
 11 months after death
 The anniversary of the day of death


Question 10. 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