The Society of the Spectacle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In thesis 16, Debord refers to the spectacle as a what?

2. To Marx, the __________ was more important than the law.

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

4. What is the chief product of present day society, according to Chapter 1?

5. According to thesis 21, what is a social necessity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the commodity cycle within the spectacle, according to Chapter 3?

9. How does Debord believe the spectacle negates life?

10. In Chapter 2, how have the forces of production changed the basis for human development?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss both the narrative tone and structure of The Society of the Spectacle and their impact on the reader's experience.

Essay Topic 2

How do the cultural and historical aspects of The Society of the Spectacle impact the narrative? How do they impact the themes of life's illusion and emptiness?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss proletariat and the bourgeoisie through the lens of Russia and how this impacted Debord's philosophies. Which of his views of Russia are colored by Marxist theories?

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