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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. In Christ's teachings, Kristeva says he wanted to move away from the single minded absolutism of whom?
(a) The Pagans.
(b) The ancient Greeks.
(c) The ancient Egyptians.
(d) The Jews.

2. Insofar as the repressed desires are related to the proper use of one's body, Kristeva says the body becomes an object of what?
(a) Embarrassment and sin.
(b) Reflection and shame.
(c) Pride and hope.
(d) Rejection and fear.

3. The author says the traditional Freudian model of the Oedipal triangle is what?
(a) Deficient.
(b) Wrong.
(c) Perfect.
(d) Flawed.

4. According to Kristeva's definition of the abject, the abject is created from repressing what?
(a) Thoughts.
(b) Feelings.
(c) Lusts.
(d) Love.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Christianity, a person is born with what type of sin?

2. Phobias are irrational fears which have what?

3. According to Jewish rituals, a newborn boy is considered pure on what condition?

4. The Oedipus complex assumes that the child's first object of desire is what?

5. Freud links a little boy's fear of horses to a fear of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two stages in which Kristeva says the quest for the "Other" breaks down?

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

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

4. How does Mary Douglas explain the idea that impurity about the body is a phobia derived from the abject?

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

6. How does Kristeva say the abject relates to lust?

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

8. How does Kristeva say the impurity phobia serves as a metaphor for society?

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

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

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