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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What may the Nuer kill in defense for, according to Douglas?
(a) Their children.
(b) Their homes.
(c) Their food.
(d) Their rights.

2. According to Douglas, what did primitive cultures see as a creative power?
(a) Water.
(b) Women.
(c) Dirt.
(d) Rocks.

3. Which culture is used as the example to show that dangerous impurities can be feared?
(a) Maosis.
(b) American.
(c) Coorgs.
(d) Sumerian.

4. What is considered the first stage of digestion in the caste structure described?
(a) Swallowing.
(b) Cooking.
(c) Purchasing food.
(d) Chewing.

5. Which of the following describes the Southern Nayar girls?
(a) No fertility.
(b) No permanent husband.
(c) Only upper castes can marry.
(d) They get to choose a husband.

6. What does Douglas state determines whether menstrual blood is dangerous?
(a) Ritual.
(b) Philosophical experience.
(c) Pollution.
(d) Cultural experience.

7. What does Douglas describe boundaries as altering?
(a) Religion.
(b) Shapes.
(c) Conflicts.
(d) Personality.

8. What are Douglas' rules of pollution concerned with?
(a) Strategy.
(b) Opinions.
(c) Morals.
(d) Facts.

9. What type of consequences does Douglas state cannot be reversed?
(a) Social.
(b) Religious.
(c) Relationship.
(d) Economic.

10. What is considered to be destructive of rituals in Chapter 9?
(a) Quarreling.
(b) Purity.
(c) Sexuality.
(d) Adultery.

11. What can be derived from the ritual frame that Douglas describes?
(a) Escape.
(b) Pollution.
(c) Purity.
(d) Power.

12. What type of collaboration does Douglas believe must be maintained to assure social life is preserved?
(a) Sexual collaboration.
(b) Marginal lines collaboration.
(c) Social collaboration.
(d) Polluted collaboration.

13. Why do men and women avoid sex in Lele culture before important events?
(a) It is too pure.
(b) They do not understand the repercussions.
(c) It is pollution.
(d) It is illegal.

14. In some tribes, what are examples of formlessness?
(a) Unborn babies.
(b) Children under the age of 5.
(c) Women.
(d) Elderly members above the age of 65.

15. How can adulterers become free from guilt, as described in Nuer society?
(a) By praying.
(b) By performing a sacrifice.
(c) By getting a divorce.
(d) By cleansing themselves of pollution.

Short Answer Questions

1. What culture is described as considering death as a challenge to the metaphysical system?

2. What does Douglas think a system needs to be successful?

3. What does Douglas claim is assured through collaboration?

4. What example is given to describe why a sorcerer would move animals to the human sphere?

5. What does Douglas believe maintaining purity stems from in primitive cultures?

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