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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Pecuniary Canons of Taste.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Veblen classify industrial labor in industrial societies?
(a) As women's work.
(b) As work that does not produce food or shelter.
(c) As men's work.
(d) As work done by machines.

2. What incentive does Veblen say results from the desire to own property?
(a) The incentive to have children.
(b) The incentive to marry.
(c) The incentive to work.
(d) The incentive to fight over property.

3. What are signs of vicarious consumption?
(a) Costume and dress of servants.
(b) Making loans to workers.
(c) Volunteering among the poor.
(d) Open air markets for servants.

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

5. What distinction begins to be drawn as the group around the patron grows?
(a) Between aristocratic and democratic.
(b) Between noble and ignoble.
(c) Between upper-class and lower-class merchants.
(d) Between landed and monied gentry.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What factors drove the emergence of the leisure class?

3. How do standards of consumption change?

4. What does Veblen call the code of conduct for servants?

5. What does Veblen say public lawns have?

(see the answer key)

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