The Theory of the Leisure Class Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Pecuniary Standard of Living.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens when people attain a certain level of consumption?
(a) It is easier to reach what has been just out of reach.
(b) They are free to move down, but it is difficult to move further up.
(c) It is difficult to move to a lower level.
(d) They try to raise their children with less frivolous things.

2. What does consumption yield to the individual?
(a) Utility.
(b) Status.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Reputation.

3. What employments did upper-class people in Iceland and Polynesia work in?
(a) Arts, music, and entertainment.
(b) Investment banking and diplomacy.
(c) Government, military, and the ministry.
(d) Management, service jobs, and newspapers.

4. What consumption articles does Veblen state that the consumer hangs on to the most?
(a) Luxuries.
(b) Objects with high utility value.
(c) Objects with high exchange value.
(d) Necessities.

5. How have the upper classes distinguished themselves from the other classes?
(a) They have worked only in positions that have prestige.
(b) They have been able to work at any job they choose.
(c) They have not worked.
(d) They have worked at the highest paying jobs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when men come into wealth through peaceful means?

2. What happens to the standard of wealth over time?

3. Which aspect of culture was a condition for the development of a leisure class?

4. How do standards of consumption change?

5. How does Veblen say the upper classes in an agricultural society see work?

(see the answer key)

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