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

2. In which of Celine's works is dizziness a motif?
(a) Death on the Installment Plan.
(b) Trifles for a Massacre.
(c) School of Corpses.
(d) Journey to the End of the Night.

3. Kristeva says literature undermines itself when it attempts to analyze what?
(a) Society.
(b) The object.
(c) Its characters.
(d) The abject.

4. Kristeva says Celine anchors the destiny of literature through a re-assumption that he makes by use of what?
(a) Dialog.
(b) Diction.
(c) Style.
(d) Content.

5. Whose work does Kristeva describe as "stainless, serene" and as having "nostalgic beauty"?
(a) Arp.
(b) Desnos.
(c) Mallarme.
(d) Nin.

Short Answer Questions

1. For Celine, what is the foundation of human existence?

2. What is the name Celine was born 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. Kristeva quotes Celine as saying he is only comfortable in what?

5. What language did Celine say he loathed in a quote Kristeva uses in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Celine's mother type of character.

2. How does Kristeva say Celine's work represents the division caused by economic inequality?

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

4. Why might Kristeva say many of Celine's stylistic choices be called anti-linguistic or anti-grammatical?

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

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

7. What reasons does Kristeva give for why Celine agreed with anti-Jew sentiments?

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

9. Why does Kristeva say her reading of Celine will not be a thematic one?

10. How does Kristeva say Celine seemed to feel about human identities?

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