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 Debord say every Chinese person must study?

2. In thesis 35, the commodity abounds in ____________subtleties.

3. What ushers in the class struggles of the long revolutionary periods, according to Hegel?

4. The commodity is valued as what, in Chapter 3?

5. What role does Debord believe money plays in commodity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the spectrum of the spectacle that Debord describes?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of the power of commodity as described by Debord and how it resonates throughout the book.

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 the life and work of Guy Debord, his Marxist theories, and their impact on economic and political philosophies.

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