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. What does Douglas believe maintaining purity stems from in primitive cultures?
(a) Realism.
(b) Sexuality.
(c) Sin.
(d) Escapism.

2. In Lele culture, what is killed to challenge the notion of ambiguity?
(a) Bird.
(b) Flying squirrel.
(c) Octopus.
(d) Pangolin.

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

4. If a woman is endangered in child labor, who is condemned in Nuer culture?
(a) The child.
(b) The woman's mother.
(c) The woman's seducer.
(d) The woman.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did Vann Gennep associate danger with?

3. What pollution does the Bushong king practice as a part of sacrifice?

4. What type of collaboration does Douglas believe must be maintained to assure social life is preserved?

5. Which of the following do the Mae Enga men fear?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Coorgs' caste system.

3. Describe the beliefs of the Maoris.

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

5. Describe the structure of witchcraft that Douglas explains.

6. How is food preparation related to pollution?

7. Describe Mae Enga culture and beliefs.

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

9. Describe the treatment of ambiguities as described in Chapter 10.

10. Describe the structure of the Lugbara.

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