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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What ambiguity example is given in Chapter 10?
(a) Jelly fish.
(b) Cat.
(c) Flying squirrel.
(d) Octopus.

2. What is the culture used as an example that treats sub-castes as minorities?
(a) American.
(b) Hindu.
(c) Sumerian.
(d) Coorgs.

3. Which of the following is not a duty the lowest caste would do?
(a) Washing clothes.
(b) Cutting hair.
(c) Sweeping floors.
(d) Leading church ceremonies.

4. In South India, what is part of the entry to the caste?
(a) Purity of children.
(b) Purity of elders.
(c) Purity of women.
(d) Purity of men.

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

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

7. What pollution does the Bushong king practice as a part of sacrifice?
(a) Eating meat.
(b) Adultery.
(c) Incest.
(d) Not bathing for two weeks.

8. What type of behavior does the pollution Douglas describes reflect?
(a) Religious.
(b) Wrong.
(c) Righteous.
(d) Good.

9. What does the Oyo Yoruba tribe distinguish between?
(a) Dirt and cleanliness.
(b) Hands and feet.
(c) Left and right hand.
(d) Left and right eye.

10. What does the allegiance established through marriage determine in Purity and Danger?
(a) Political structure.
(b) Sexual collaboration.
(c) Purification.
(d) Sacrifices necesary to reclaim purity.

11. What do the Lele men compete for?
(a) Homes.
(b) Children.
(c) Wives.
(d) Sex with multiple women.

12. When do Orthodox Brahmins marry off their daughters?
(a) After puberty.
(b) Before birth.
(c) Before puberty.
(d) After they begin menstruating.

13. What can be changed through the margins Douglas describes?
(a) Pollution.
(b) Conflicts.
(c) Ideas.
(d) Shapes.

14. What do external boundaries involve, according to Douglas?
(a) Perosnal inclinations.
(b) Communcal sacrifice.
(c) Social order.
(d) Purity.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the pangolin represent to some cultures?

2. In Bemba culture, what can cause death?

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

4. What does the reading state success-based beliefs represent?

5. Which of these is not a pollution that Douglas distinguishes?

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