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

2. What aspect of culture was a condition for the development of a leisure class?
(a) The entire community had to be involved in earning subsistence.
(b) The goal of a good life had to involve hard work.
(c) Subsistence could be obtained without the entire community.
(d) Community standards of decency had to be fairly loose.

3. What standard does Veblen say guides people's behavior?
(a) The standard of the class they were born into.
(b) The standard of the highest ranking relative in their ancestry.
(c) The standard of the class just beyond their reach.
(d) The standard of the people surrounding them.

4. Vicarious consumption reflects whose standing?
(a) The worker's.
(b) The patron's.
(c) The slave's.
(d) The servant's.

5. When did the leisure class become part of society?
(a) At the same time slavery did.
(b) At the same time ownership did.
(c) At the same time religion did.
(d) At the same time technology did.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does a man of leisure indicate his position in society?

2. How does Veblen describe hunting in a predatory culture?

3. What does consumption yield to the individual?

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

5. Why do people spend more than they need for physical comfort?

(see the answer key)

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