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

2. Chapter 9 "Ours to Jew or Die" begins with a quote by whom?

3. What is the name Celine was born with?

4. Celine followed what political affiliation?

5. During the 1930s, what group does Kristeva say was unhappy with the division that was caused by economic inequality, even if they did not call for radical economic restructuring?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Kristeva say the hatred of Jews act as a metaphor for the abject?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of Sigmund Freud in the book. How does Kristeva make use of his ideas? How do her ideas relate to his? How are they different? Describe two instances where she explains his view on a subject and expands upon it.

Essay Topic 2

Explore Kristeva's use of the the traditional Freudian model of the Oedipal triangle. Why is it the perfect tool to explain the abject? How does she expand upon it? Why does she say it is flawed?

Essay Topic 3

Explore Kristeva's use of the concept of sin. How is the concept of sin relevant to the study of the abject? What differences does Kristeva mention in how sin is referred to in the Old Testament and the New Testament? What does she mean when she says sin in the New Testament is a form of "subjectified abjection"?

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