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

2. Kristeva says Freud echos what German writer when he says "In the beginning was the deed"?
(a) Broecking.
(b) Fürst.
(c) Goethe.
(d) Hasenclever.

3. For disobeying God in the Old Testament, Adam was forbidden from eating from what?
(a) The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
(b) The Tree of God and Man.
(c) The Tree of Life.
(d) The Tree of Angels and Demons.

4. In order to be eaten, according to the Old Testament, an animal has to eat what?
(a) Insects.
(b) Cud.
(c) Birds.
(d) Fish.

5. According to many anthropologists and psychologists, what are the two acts which are condemned almost universally by all societies?
(a) Incest and rape.
(b) Godlessness and murder.
(c) Incest and murder.
(d) Rape and murder.

Short Answer Questions

1. Kristeva says a person relates to his or her world through what?

2. In Christ's teachings, Kristeva says he wanted to move away from the single minded absolutism of whom?

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

4. Kristeva says the abject is somewhere between being an object and what?

5. Since the boy is forced to repress his desire for the "maternal body" at a young age, Kristeva says he has not yet understood the situation in what way?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What rules come with the permission to eat meat in the Old Testament?

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