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. What does Veblen say is evidence of people's concern with their appearances?
(a) They will wear clothing that gets in the way of their work.
(b) They will follow the fashions, no matter how silly.
(c) They will neglect to protect themselves from the weather.
(d) They will expose as much or as little of themselves as fashion warrants.

2. 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.

3. How does Veblen define conspicuous consumption?
(a) A refined set of mannerisms displayed while consuming status symbols.
(b) An act of consumption that involves more than one person.
(c) The display of wealth in front of witnesses to wealth.
(d) Vulgar or unnecessary displays of wealth.

4. According to Veblen, property became a prerequisite for what?
(a) Comfort.
(b) Reputation.
(c) Starting a family.
(d) Respect.

5. Where is conspicuous consumption most prevalent?
(a) In Paris.
(b) In rural areas.
(c) In court.
(d) In urban areas.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the standards of consumption determined by?

2. Who performs the most vicarious consumption, according to Veblen?

3. What force does Veblen say shapes the standard of living?

4. What consumption articles does Veblen state that the consumer hangs on to the most?

5. What are signs of vicarious consumption?

(see the answer key)

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