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. What does the commodity's mechanical accumulation unleash in Chapter 3?

2. What does the spectacle accumulate to the point where it becomes an image in Chapter 1?

3. Debord says that survival can gild poverty, but it cannot ___________ it.

4. The historical moment of the spectacle corresponds to when the commodity completes what, according to Chapter 2?

5. The rise of __________ Communism exposes the lie of it being an international ideology, according to Chapter 4.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Debord see as the difference between Marx and Hegel?

2. How does the spectacle "epitomize the prevailing model of social life," according to Debord?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss the culture of the spectacle and the long term impact Debord believes it has on knowledge and art.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Debord's dual interpretations of time and how time operates within the spectacle.

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