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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. In Russia, the Communist party takeover happened under _________.
(a) Khrushchev.
(b) Marx.
(c) Lenin.
(d) Stalin.

2. Debord believes political economy never considers the worker in his what?
(a) Totality.
(b) Family.
(c) Humanity.
(d) Future.

3. What does the commodity's mechanical accumulation unleash in Chapter 3?
(a) Abundance.
(b) Desire.
(c) Limited reality.
(d) Limitless artificiality.

4. According to thesis 44, the spectacle is a permanent _________ war.
(a) Theoretical.
(b) World.
(c) Opium.
(d) Consumer.

5. According to Debord, each new product is supposed to offer a shortcut to the promised land of what?
(a) Freedom.
(b) Satisfaction.
(c) Consumption.
(d) Power.

Short Answer Questions

1. The spectacle is quintessentially dogmatic, yet produces no solid _______, in Chapter 3.

2. Through production, Debord sees the economy is based on __________.

3. In Debord's opinion, the spectacle is an heir to the ______ of Western philosophy.

4. Production was initially a means of what?

5. As it accumulates, where does Chapter 2 say that capital spreads to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What historical moment does the spectacle correspond to, according to Debord?

2. How does Debord believe the spectacle negates life?

3. What is the relationship between commodity and consumption within the spectacle, according to Chapter 3?

4. What does Debord mean when he says the spectacle is "the sun that never sets..." in thesis 13?

5. How does Debord believe the spectacle emerges as the totality of social life?

6. What role did Hegel have in interpreting the world?

7. What are the paradoxes of the spectacle, as described at the end of Chapter 3?

8. What becomes the only economic necessity as social labor grows in Chapter 2?

9. What role do images play in the spectacle, as explained in thesis 2?

10. How do Russia and the Bolshevik Revolution demonstrate the problems of an educated proletariat?

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