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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 text requires that a get be granted with the husband's "full consent"?
 The Midrash
 The Torah
 The Talmud
 The Zohar


Question 2. What happens to the get once it has been presented to the rabbi?
 It is filed away.
 It is torn up.
 It is publicly displayed for 14 days.


Question 3. What is a "conditional divorce"?
 The equivalent to a trial separation.
 A divorce granted when a husband faces mortal danger.
 When one party wants a divorce and the other does not.
 Any of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 4. True or false: The Mishnah lists a series of circumstances when a woman can ask the rabbinic court to compel her husband to perform the acts required for a divorce.


Question 5. Which movement offers three types of get ceremonies--one initiated by the man, one initiated by the woman, and one mutually initiated?


Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. Once divorced, is a couple allowed to remarry each other, according to Jewish law?
 Yes, but only with rabbinical approval.


Question 10. True or false: Orthodox rabbis have almost completely eradicated the agunah problem.