The Theory of the Leisure Class Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Industrial Exemption and Conservatism.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do existing institutions foster the propagation of a particular type of person?
(a) Because he will bring his family into the institution.
(b) Because he fosters the development of social cohesion.
(c) Because he propagates within his family.
(d) Because he fosters the institution.

2. What distinction begins to be drawn as the group around the patron grows?
(a) Between noble and ignoble.
(b) Between landed and monied gentry.
(c) Between aristocratic and democratic.
(d) Between upper-class and lower-class merchants.

3. How does Veblen explain the change of fashion from year to year?
(a) It is a shallow form of bourgeois emulation of different aristocratic idols.
(b) It is a constantly renewed way to police who is current and who is classic.
(c) It is a form of conspicuous waste.
(d) It is a form of cultural restlessness.

4. What does Veblen say was the earliest form of ownership?
(a) Ownership of women.
(b) Ownership of land.
(c) Ownership of songs.
(d) Ownership of hunting rights.

5. Vicarious leisure results in what?
(a) Competition among servant classes.
(b) Greater employment.
(c) Distinctions among servant classes.
(d) Competition among owners.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Veblen say possessions indicate in an ownership society?

2. Natural selection of social structure is influenced by the natural selection of what?

3. What does Veblen say happens as technology progresses?

4. Private ownership led to what cultural development?

5. What does Veblen say emulation leads to?

(see the answer key)

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