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) Sin.
(b) Realism.
(c) Escapism.
(d) Sexuality.

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

3. What do moral offenses truly depend on, according to Douglas?
(a) The economic status of the community.
(b) The feelings of the injured party.
(c) The number of children the offender has.
(d) The anger felt by elders.

4. To create order, what does Douglas believe one must acknowledge?
(a) Disorder.
(b) Faith.
(c) Tidiness.
(d) Composure.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the culture used as an example that treats sub-castes as minorities?

3. What does Douglas claim that pollution annihilates?

4. What do the Dinka people try to control more than other cultures, according to Douglas?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the social structure of the Walbiri.

2. Describe the four types of pollutions that Douglas introduces.

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

4. Describe the Nuer beliefs and actions.

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

6. How do internal and external boundaries, described by Douglas, relate to the human body?

7. Describe the structure of witchcraft that Douglas explains.

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

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

10. Describe Lele culture and beliefs.

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