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How Well Do You Know Hélène Cixous in 15 Questions?

“Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time. Write yourself. Your body must be heard.”

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  1. 1. Where was Cixous born?

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Algiers, Algeria
    Batna, Algeria
    Oran, Algeria
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Oran, Algeria!

    She was born "to Jewish parents in Oran, Algeria, when the country was still a French colony" (p. 1520

  2. 2. Cixous is articulate in which language?

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    English
    French
    Hebrew
    Arabic
    All of the Above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    All of the above

    "Cixous studied Hebrew and Arabic with her father and learned French and English in school. This mixture of languages may help to explain why Cixous has been drawn to fiction written in serval languages" (p. 1520).

  3. 3. Who were Cixous' favorite authors?

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Shakespeare
    Joyce
    Rimbaud
    Rilke
    Kafka
    Clarice Lispector
    All of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    All of the above

    (p. 1520)

  4. 4. Cixous wrote her dissertation on which famous novelist?

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Samuel Beckett
    Samuel Beckett
    James Joyce
    James Joyce
    William Faulkner
    William Faulkner
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    James Joyce!

    "In 1968, at the age of 31, becoming the youngest person to receive the receive a doctor-ès -lettres (equivalent to a Ph.D.), with a dissertation on James Joyce" (p. 1520).

    James Joyce!
  5. 5. Cixous was strongly influenced by which renowned person?

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Jacques Lacan
    Jacques Lacan
    Jacques Derrida
    Jacques Derrida
    Jacques Cousteau
    Jacques Cousteau
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Derrida!

    Jacques Derrida who is just "like her, a Jew from Algeria" have been lifetime friends as their works correlate with one another (p. 1521).

    Derrida!
  6. 6. Which one of Cixous' novels won a distinguished award?

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    The Book of Promethea
    The Book of Promethea
    The Newly Born Woman
    The Newly Born Woman
    Dedans
    Dedans
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Dedans!

    "Her first novel, Dedans (Within), published in 1969, won the most prestigious Prix Médicis" (p. 1521).

    Dedans!
  7. 7. Écriture féminine expresses women's _________ and __________.

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Sexuality and Creativity
    Opinions and their bodies
    Sexuality and Opinions
    Sexuality and their bodies
    Creativity and their bodies
    Creativity and Opinions
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sexuality and their bodies

    "Gradually her fiction focused more generally on "écriture féminine," a kind of writing that aims to reflect women's sexuality and awareness of their bodies" (p. 1521)

    Sexuality and their bodies
  8. 8. Cixous believes that masculinity and femininity are __________ constructed

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Culturally
    Scientifically
    Socially
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Culturally!

    "Cixous sees masculinity and femininity as culturally constructed for each individual from birth, and hence as having profound psychological implications that she is most interested to explore" (p. 1521).

  9. 9. True or False: Cixous concurs with the works of Jacques Lacan another positive influence in her life

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    True
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    False!

    "Cixous is concerned to rebut French intellectual Jacques Lacan's notion that women lack some key ability to use language because they lack a penis" (p. 1522).

    False!
  10. 10. Cixous originally did not identify herself as part of the feminist movement because it was...

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Violent
    Hard
    Aggressive
    All of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    All of the above

    "The Feminist movement in France began as part of the 1968 uprisings, and Cixous has said at the time she was not attracted to the movement because it seemed violent, hard, aggressive" (p.1523).

  11. 11. Cixous wants to dispose words like masculine and feminine because it represents sexual _________

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    confusion
    inequality
    opposition
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Opposition!

    Cixous "has said that she would like rid us of words like feminine and masculine because they refer to a classical vision of sexual opposition between men and women" (p. 1522).

  12. 12. Cixous directs which audience to write for themselves?

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Men
    Women
    Bisexuals
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Women!

    "Women must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been driven as violently as their bodies" (p. 1524).

  13. 13. True or False: Cixous does not agree with the notion that flesh speaks the truth

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    True
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True!

    "Listen to a woman speak at a public gathering...she doesn't speak, she throws her trembling body forward; all of her passes into her voice, and it's with her body that she vitally supports the logic of her speech. Her flesh speaks the true. She lays herself bare" (p. 1528).

  14. 14. In the Laugh of Medusa, Cixous correlates which word with neutering?

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    Dogs
    Misogyny
    Phallocentrism
    Chauvinists
    Bisexuality
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Bisexuality!

    "In saying bisexual, hence neuter", I am referring to the classic conception of bisexuality, which, squashed under the emblem of castration fear and along with the fantasy of a total being (though composed of two halves)" (p. 1530)

  15. 15. Cixous says that women should write with their bodies because...

    Bizzell, P., & Herzberg, B. (2001). The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings From Classical Times To The Present. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.

    their bodies have been censored
    they have been discredited by men
    their sexuality exemplifies their passions within writing
    All of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    All of the above

    "Write yourself. Your body must be heard...to write...an act which will not only realize the decensored relation of woman to her sexuality, to her womanly being, giving her access to her native strength; it will give back her goods, her pleasures, her orange, her immense bodily territories which have been kept under seal" (p. 1527).

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