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

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

3. Where does Veblen say scholars fit in the social spectrum?
(a) They are valued for their high level of expenditures on conspicuous items.
(b) They are looked down upon for their lower earnings.
(c) They are looked up to for their production of cultural materials.
(d) They are looked up to for their vicarious consumption of cultural production.

4. What gives an item its desirability to men of the leisure class?
(a) Efficiency.
(b) Utility.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Expensiveness.

5. What happens when a community develops a standard of wealth?
(a) Society bands together to care for those below that level.
(b) Society persecutes those below that level.
(c) Anything below that level becomes objectionable.
(d) Anything beyond that level becomes meritorious.

Short Answer Questions

1. What distinguishes devout structures from other buildings?

2. What are the standards of consumption determined by?

3. What does Veblen say a person's possessions determine in ownership societies?

4. What is reserved for the leisure class?

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

(see the answer key)

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