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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Private ownership led to what cultural development?
(a) Dueling.
(b) War.
(c) Competition for goods.
(d) Jealousy and murders.

2. How does the upper class distinguish itself, according to Veblen?
(a) By selling the proceeds of its labor.
(b) By performing labor efficiently.
(c) By profiting from labor.
(d) By avoiding labor.

3. Where did the earliest form of ownership take place?
(a) In lower barbarian stages of culture.
(b) In high industrial stages of culture.
(c) In early industrial stages of culture.
(d) In higher barbarian stages of culture.

4. What does Veblen say about the upper classes in Iceland and Polynesia?
(a) That they offered their vassals' labor to the priests.
(b) That they were barred from physical labor.
(c) That they worked alongside the rest.
(d) That they invested the capital and give laborers the means of production.

5. When does Veblen say that a leisure class emerged?
(a) During the transition from savage barbarism to agricultural barbarism.
(b) During the transition from agricultural barbarism to urban mercantilism.
(c) During the transition from mercantilism to early industry.
(d) During the transition from primitive savagery to barbarism.

Short Answer Questions

1. How have the upper classes distinguished themselves from the other classes?

2. What is reserved for the leisure class?

3. What distinction does Veblen say emerged between types of labor in cultures that had a leisure class?

4. What stage of culture contained the institution of the leisure class?

5. What employments did upper-class people in Iceland and Polynesia work in?

(see the answer key)

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