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 distinguishes devout structures from other buildings?
(a) They are more ornate.
(b) They are more comfortable.
(c) They are less elaborate.
(d) They are always open to the public.

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

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

4. What is reserved for the leisure class?
(a) Travel.
(b) Owning property.
(c) Luxuries like jewelry.
(d) Possession of slaves.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which cultures exhibited the leisure class?

3. When did the leisure class become part of society?

4. What gives an item its desirability to men of the leisure class?

5. Where did the earliest form of ownership take place?

(see the answer key)

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