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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 says the permission, given in the Old Testament, to eat some animals is given out of a recognition of what?
(a) A unity with nature.
(b) Noah's faithfulness.
(c) Man's evil nature.
(d) Man's kindness.

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

3. Kristeva believes that phobias are what kind of representations of primal fears which children are forced to repress?
(a) Physical.
(b) Logical.
(c) Literal.
(d) Metaphorical.

4. In the Bible, man is forbidden from drinking the blood of what?
(a) Birds.
(b) Humans.
(c) Fish.
(d) Any animal.

5. In some societies, Kristeva says a person who is defiled becomes clean how?
(a) Through rejection.
(b) Through love.
(c) Through God.
(d) Through rites.

Short Answer Questions

1. Unlike Jews, Kristeva says Christians disregard what?

2. Kristeva says that Jewish laws are a result of the combination of psychological forces and what aspect of the Jewish religion?

3. Kristeva says Christianity teaches that is man is divided between spirit and what?

4. In what country is it strictly forbidden for a person of one caste to procreate with a person of another caste?

5. Phobias are irrational fears which have what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain Kristeva's idea of the "zero state."

3. According to class theory, how are the drives of an individual divided?

4. What does Kristeva mean when she talks about "subjectified abjection"?

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

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

7. What does Kristeva say about how the New Testament contradicts the traditional Christian thoughts about the origin of sin?

8. What does it mean when Kristeva says she gives a "phenomenological" account of the abject?

9. How does Kristeva says the abject can be expressed?

10. How does Kristeva point out that Judaism differs from other old world religions in terms of worshiping gods?

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