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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Kristeva compares the abject to the experience of looking at a corpse and seeing what?
(a) Someone who never lived.
(b) A living being.
(c) Nothing at all.
(d) A person which should be alive.

2. When looking at Old Testament laws, the eating of meat was forbidden to man prior to what?
(a) Christ's birth.
(b) The Fall.
(c) The Flood.
(d) Christ's death.

3. The drives of an individual can be divided into sexual drives and drives from the ego, according to what theory?
(a) Classic theory.
(b) Climax theory.
(c) Density wave theory.
(d) Mood theory.

4. What state does Freud say a subject will be sent into when the repressed desire for one's mother's body breaks out of its repression?
(a) Sin.
(b) Evil.
(c) Narcissism.
(d) Self-loathing.

5. Kristeva says a significant part of maturation for a boy is a distancing from what?
(a) His parents' love.
(b) His toys.
(c) His father.
(d) His mother's body.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Bible, man is forbidden from drinking the blood of what?

2. According to Kristeva, Christ invited his disciples to see what from several angles?

3. According to Kristeva's definition of the abject, the abject is created from repressing what?

4. What way does Kristeva say a person will begin to act in when he no longer has any regard for the law?

5. What does Kristeva say it is necessary for a child to do because he has to repress his primal fears that still exist in him?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to traditional beliefs in Christianity, how does Adam's original sin taint human freedoms?

2. How does Kristeva say the Freudian model of the Oedipal triangle flawed?

3. What two ways of relating to the abject does Kristeva says Dostoevsky presents in "The Possessed"?

4. What does Kristeva say are the two prevailing interpretations of the laws regarding ritual impurity in the Old Testament?

5. What does Kristeva say about how fears and desires are formed in young children?

6. How does Kristeva explain phobias?

7. What does Kristeva say is the most plausible interpretation of the laws regarding ritual impurity in the Old Testament?

8. What is the correlation Kristeva presents between the importance of social status in sexual relationships and the equality between the sexes?

9. Why does Kristeva say man gained permission to eat some animals?

10. What reason does Kristeva give for why women in the Jewish faith are seen as impure after having children?

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