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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Douglas describe purification allows for avoiding?
(a) God's wrath.
(b) Retribution.
(c) Social consequences.
(d) Economic downfall.

3. What does Douglas believe unsuccessful structures invite?
(a) Rivalry.
(b) Pollution.
(c) Danger.
(d) Witches.

4. What does the pangolin represent to some cultures?
(a) Incest.
(b) Purity.
(c) Fertility.
(d) Classifying food.

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

6. Rejecting or affirming dirt has little to do with which of the following described by Douglas?
(a) Relativisism.
(b) Crossing boundaries.
(c) Psychology.
(d) Escapism.

7. Which of these is not a pollution that Douglas distinguishes?
(a) The lines' margin.
(b) Crossing internal boundaries.
(c) Refraining from purity.
(d) Crossing external boundaries.

8. What does Douglas claim is assured through collaboration?
(a) Purity.
(b) Internal lines.
(c) External boundaries.
(d) Pollution.

9. The model of sexual energy that Douglas describes is a basis of what?
(a) Collaboration.
(b) Pollution.
(c) Power.
(d) Purity.

10. In South India, who can marry?
(a) Youngest sons.
(b) Eldest sons.
(c) Eldest daughters.
(d) Elderly men.

11. What is the only thing that can control danger, according to Douglas?
(a) Ritual.
(b) Pollution.
(c) Orderliness.
(d) Faith.

12. Who do people at the margins of society represent danger to, according to Douglas' view?
(a) Their family and themselves.
(b) Their children.
(c) Their tribe.
(d) Society and themselves.

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

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

15. Why are moral situations difficult for Douglas to define?
(a) They are not specific enough.
(b) They don't allow everybody to be a moral person.
(c) They are contradictory and uncertain.
(d) They are too specific.

Short Answer Questions

1. When do Orthodox Brahmins marry off their daughters?

2. What can be derived from the ritual frame that Douglas describes?

3. Why does Douglas think witches represent threat?

4. In Chapter 6, what is considered to be both part of authority and other social structures?

5. Whose life is put at risk when a wife commits adultery in the Nuer society described?

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