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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Conspicuous Consumption.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Veblen say members of a society are ranked and judged?
(a) In terms of their power.
(b) In terms of their wealth.
(c) In terms of their morals.
(d) In terms of their noble lineage.

2. 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.

3. What is reserved for the leisure class?
(a) Luxuries like jewelry.
(b) Possession of slaves.
(c) Travel.
(d) Owning property.

4. Which aspect of culture was a condition for the development of a leisure class?
(a) Competition for resources.
(b) An ethic of sharing.
(c) Representative government.
(d) A predatory nature in the community.

5. What does Veblen say is the motive for ownership?
(a) Competitiveness.
(b) Possessiveness.
(c) Emulation.
(d) Envy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What classes does Veblen describe emerging as society developed?

2. As leisure classes develop, whom do the marginal men of leisure in the lower ranks affiliate themselves with?

3. What does Veblen say the effects of an ownership society are on the behavior of its members?

4. What did men use to display their exploits during the earliest forms of ownership?

5. When does Veblen say that a leisure class emerged?

(see the answer key)

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