Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo Test | Final Test - Medium

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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In what society described are elders with powers able to control juniors but not for personal gain?
(a) Lugbara.
(b) Central Africa.
(c) Maoris.
(d) Witchcraft covens.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of behavior does the pollution Douglas describes reflect?

2. How does Douglas' society prefer to deal with moral offenses?

3. What does Douglas describe purification allows for avoiding?

4. If a woman is endangered in child labor, who is condemned in Nuer culture?

5. Which of the following describes the Southern Nayar girls?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mae Enga culture and beliefs.

2. Why is dirt regarded as being a powerful part of a ritual, according to Douglas?

3. Describe the Nuer beliefs and actions.

4. Are the arguments that Douglas poses in regards to primitive cultures being thought of as primitive and neurotic valid? Why or why not?

5. Describe Walbiri culture and beliefs.

6. How is dirt related to madness in the cultures described in the reading?

7. Describe the structure of the Lugbara.

8. How do Vann Gennep's conclusions relate to the Maoris people?

9. Describe incest in Bushong culture and beliefs.

10. What is a moral situation? Can we define a moral? Why or why not?

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