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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 thesis 13, Debord compares the spectacle to what?
(a) The sun.
(b) The universe.
(c) The moon.
(d) The stars.

2. The abundance of commodity is no more than _____________, according to Chapter 2.
(a) Augmented survival.
(b) Super-survival.
(c) Survival negated.
(d) Survival supplemented.

3. What does Debord say every Chinese person must study?
(a) Mao.
(b) Socialism.
(c) Confucius.
(d) Marx.

4. To Marx, the __________ was more important than the law.
(a) Struggle.
(b) Freedom.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Power.

5. In thesis 9, Debord says truth is a moment of what?
(a) Revelation.
(b) Clarity.
(c) Falsehood.
(d) Disappointment.

Short Answer Questions

1. What becomes a commodity in the economics of affluence, according to Chapter 3?

2. Through the commodity, what established itself as the dominant science in Debord's opinion?

3. When did the bourgeoisie develop its autonomous economic power, according to Chapter 4?

4. Racism invests vulgar rankings in the hierarchies of consumption through a _______ superiority in Chapter 3.

5. The specialization of _____ is the root of the spectacle, as described in Chapter 1.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Debord believe the spectacle negates life?

2. What is the struggle between proletarian conception and bourgeois conception, as it is described at the beginning of Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How is the "commodity world" shown for what it really is, in Debord's opinion?

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

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

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