Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Kristeva says that today's universe is divided between boredom, abjection, and what?

2. Celine was of what nationality?

3. One of the chief themes of Celine's work is the struggle between what groups?

4. About how long has Celine been dead when this book was written?

5. Kristeva says Celine saw his home country as becoming dominated by a secret conspiracy by whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Kristeva say it is rash to ignore any value one might find in the Anti-Semitism in Celine's work?

3. What does Kristeva say makes literature "abject"?

4. How does Kristeva say Celine displaced the mother in his depiction of very young girls?

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

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

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

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

9. In what ways that Kristeva points out do Celine's writings differ from Jewish ideas?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Celine use female characters to disrupt the traditional model of the Oedipal triangle? What are some of the female characters he uses? What are their characteristics? How do these characters differ from the ones in the triangle? What roles are reversed or distorted? What seems to be Celine's goal with these characters? What does it seem like he wants the reader to feel?

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

Explore the use of rites and laws in the book. Why does Kristeva make use of these concepts? What are they examples of? How do rites and laws attempt to combat the abject? What does Kristeva seem to think of these rites and laws?

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