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

2. The historical moment of the spectacle corresponds to when the commodity completes what, according to Chapter 2?
(a) Colonization of social life.
(b) Negation of humanity.
(c) Isolation of humanity.
(d) Insubordination of social life.

3. The commodity is exclusively what in nature, according to Chapter 2?
(a) Subjective.
(b) Quantitative.
(c) Objective.
(d) Qualitative.

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

5. Chapter 2 begins with a quote from ___.
(a) Lukacs.
(b) Ruge.
(c) Machiavelli.
(d) Feuerbach.

Short Answer Questions

1. As man creates his own world, the more drastically Debord believes he is cut off from what?

2. In the least industrialized regions, Debord believes dictatorships are felt in the form of what?

3. What is the negative form of the consciousness of desire, in Debord's opinion?

4. According to thesis 55, struggles between forces have been established for the purpose of running what?

5. The dynamism of capitalism is ruled by things that are what, in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Debord mean when he says that the spectacle should be viewed as "a weltanschauung"?

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

3. How is a celebrity viewed by Debord as an individual within the spectacle?

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

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

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

7. What role does Debord believe celebrity plays in the spectacle?

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

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

10. What is the difference between socialist revolution and anarchist revolution in Chapter 4?

(see the answer keys)

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