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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 has arisen as the proxy of the use value of a commodity, according to Chapter 2?
(a) Non-value.
(b) Production value.
(c) Perceived value.
(d) Exchange value.

2. In Debord's opinion, what does the spectacle manufacture?
(a) Productivity.
(b) Time.
(c) Alienation.
(d) Hope.

3. What is the chief product of present day society, according to Chapter 1?
(a) Lies.
(b) The spectacle.
(c) The government.
(d) Hope.

4. The specialization of _____ is the root of the spectacle, as described in Chapter 1.
(a) Power.
(b) Fanatics.
(c) Fame.
(d) Production.

5. What does Debord believe is the chief mechanism for passing on class power?
(a) Family.
(b) Rules.
(c) Governments.
(d) Wealth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Debord believes the spectacle uses money for what only?

2. What does Debord see as the beginning and the end of the spectacle?

3. In thesis 1, life has become mere ________.

4. Debord sees Marxist theory as what?

5. In Chapter 3, the spectacle is the epic strife that no fall of ______ can bring to an end.

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the commodity turned the whole planet into a single world market, according to Debord?

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

3. What effect did education of the proletariat have on revolution, according to Debord?

4. What three things does the spectacle become, as explained in thesis 3?

5. How has the spectacle evolved from a state of being to a state of appearing, according to Debord?

6. What are the byproducts of celebrity, according to Chapter 3?

7. What is the role of science in Utopian society?

8. What is the dichotomy of the spectacle, according to thesis 8?

9. Why is the loss of quality so obvious at every level of the language of the spectacle in Chapter 2?

10. According to the quote by Lukacs at the beginning of Chapter 2, what does the commodity represent in society?

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