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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. Celine wrote during the rise of National Socialism in what country?
(a) Austria.
(b) Italy.
(c) Germany.
(d) Turkey.

2. Kristeva quotes Celine as saying his aim was to do what to language?
(a) Regurgitate.
(b) Revitalize.
(c) Resuscitate.
(d) Resensitize.

3. Kristeva says a laughing apocalypse is an apocalypse without what?
(a) God.
(b) Man.
(c) Sin.
(d) Satan.

4. About how long has Celine been dead when this book was written?
(a) 20 years.
(b) 40 years.
(c) 50 years.
(d) 10 years,

5. How does Celine often depict very young female characters?
(a) As sexual.
(b) As humble.
(c) As violent.
(d) As innocent.

Short Answer Questions

1. Kristeva quotes Celine as saying he is the son of a woman who repairs what?

2. What race did Celine seem fascinated with?

3. Chapter 10 "In the Beginning and Without End . . ." begins with a quote from Celine which says that "in the beginning was" what?

4. In what year was Celine's pamphlet "Bagatelles pour un massacre" published?

5. Kristeva says Celine anchors the destiny of literature through a re-assumption that he makes by use of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Celine use strong women in his works?

2. What does Kristeva mean when she says Celine's language exhibits a fascination with what might be called "binary" speech?

3. How does Kristeva say Celine's depictions of females relate to the abject?

4. How, according to Kristeva, do Celine's works draw the reader to their primal repressions?

5. What does Kristeva say Celine felt was the foundation of human existence?

6. Why would Celine's work not be considered abject when he was actively writing them?

7. How did Celine seem to feel about the French language and the English language?

8. What does Kristeva mean when she says Celine is neither actor nor martyr?

9. Why does Kristeva say it makes sense that Celine would say his style was the most important part of his writing?

10. How did Celine present very young girls in his works?

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