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Divorce Quiz

What are the details of ending a Jewish marriage? What contemporary concerns figure into the discussion?

Question 1. Which of these statements about mamzerim is true?
 They may only marry converts or other mamzerim
 They are the result of an adulterous or incestuous union
 Although they are limited in who they can marry, they suffer no other penalties according to Jewish law
 All of the above


Question 2. Which is NOT a rabbinic requirement for a divorce?
 The wife's dowry and any other property she brought into the marriage must be returned
 The husband must consent to give his wife a get
 The husband's absolute power in the divorce situation must be abolished
 The wife must consent to the divorce


Question 3. Which of these is a reason that a rabbinical court could force a man to grant a divorce?
 If the husband has unendurable physical defects.
 If he failed to provide sexual satisfaction to his wife.
 If he beat his wife.
 Any of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 4. True or false: Orthodox rabbis have almost completely eradicated the agunah problem.


Question 5. Which of the following is true while granting a divorce?
 The wife hands the husband the get, or divorce decree.
 The husband hands the get to the wife.
 The husband drops the decree into the wife's hands.
 It does not matter.
 None of the above.


Question 6. True or false: If the husband/wife cannot or do not want to be present at the divorce ceremony, they may appoint agent(s) to represent them before the rabbinic court.


Question 7. Which of these statements best describes the Reform movement's policy on divorce?
 The moment a couple divorces in a civil court in the U.S., their marriage is considered dissolved in the eyes of Jewish law.
 A get is absolutely required, but it can be initiated by either the husband or the wife.
 A get is required to end marriages between a man and a woman, but not to end same-sex marriages.
 When a man divorces the wife of his youth, even the altar of God sheds tears.


Question 8. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that has expertise in the laws of Jewish divorce?
 Beit Din


Question 9. Which of these details does NOT appear on a traditional get?
 The name of the nearest river
 The reason for the divorce
 All the names and nicknames of both parties
 The date


Question 10. At a traditional Jewish divorce ceremony, the presiding rabbi may ask the witnesses all of these questions except
 Did you hear the husband order the scribe to write a get for his wife?
 Is this your signature?
 Do you agree that there is sufficient cause for this couple to divorce?
 Did the husband tell you to sign the get?