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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Kristeva give for the imagery of separation as shown in the Gospel?

2. In order to be eaten, according to the Old Testament, an animal has to eat what?

3. Kristeva says purity is usually associated with conducting what type of affairs in certain ways?

4. According to Freud's Oedipal Triangle model, people constantly seek fulfillment and self-realization through some other object, referred to as what?

5. Kristeva cites Neusner as having studied what law?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Kristeva say Christianity and Judaism differ in the thoughts of impurity?

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

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

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

7. What does Kristeva say happens when one stops trying to seek out the "Other"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Kristeva's essay, what seems to be the purpose of Celine's use of grotesque and crude imagery? What is he trying to show his readers about their nature and about their identity? How does he use these grotesque images to relate man back to the abject?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the concept of the abject. How does Kristeva go about explaining what the abject is? Where does the abject come from? What does Kristeva mean when she says it is neither subject nor object? How does she relate her feelings about the abject to the reader? How does she use her personal experiences with these feelings to explain the abject?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the notions of separateness in Jewish ideologies and laws. How did other ancient religions view god? Why does Kristeva say that the notion of uniqueness is what inspires Jewish law? Why, according to Kristeva, do Jews value their uniqueness? In what way do the Jewish laws portray separation? How does this relate to the Jewish views on impurity?

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