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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. According to Freud's Oedipal Triangle model, people constantly seek fulfillment and self-realization through some other object, referred to as what?
(a) The Something.
(b) The Substitute.
(c) The Nothing.
(d) The Other.

2. Kristeva cites Neusner as having studied what law?
(a) Mishnaic Law.
(b) Aggadic Law.
(c) Babylonian Law.
(d) Tosefta Law.

3. Who does Kristeva say is not directly involved when a child is weaned from his mother's breast?
(a) A psychiatrist.
(b) The mother.
(c) The father.
(d) A doctor.

4. One interpretation of the laws in the Old Testament, which Kristeva cites, says they are the arbitrary will of who?
(a) The holy spirit.
(b) God.
(c) Jesus.
(d) Moses.

5. Why does the Bible forbid eating camels, according to Kristeva's reading?
(a) It is meant to be ridden.
(b) It does not have a parted hoof.
(c) It has humps.
(d) It does not chew cud.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the first person to have specified that the plane of abjection is that of the subject/object relationship?

2. Leviticus talks about the impurity associated with what disease?

3. Whose work does Kristeva look to help explain the relation of impurity and the abject?

4. What religion does Kristeva say Christianity emerged from?

5. Kristeva says Christ taught that impurity was something that took place where?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What reason does Kristeva give for why Christianity disregards the Levitical law?

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

4. How does Kristeva say incest relates to the abject?

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

6. How does Kristeva explain phobias?

7. How does social status play a role in purity customs in India?

8. How do some societies try to purify a "defiled" person?

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

10. What example does Kristeva give phobias which involves beautiful women?

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