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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is it that forces the resistant social classes to adapt to new conditions?
(a) The stability of the class structure itself.
(b) The stress involved in keeping their traditions.
(c) The cost of adapting.
(d) Competition from other classes.

3. To what does Veblen say that education is similar?
(a) Devotional practice.
(b) Marriage.
(c) Warfare.
(d) Mercantilism.

4. Under what heading does Veblen put sports and fighting and other manifestations of the predatory temperament?
(a) Savagery.
(b) Disgruntlement.
(c) Exploitation.
(d) Unproductive aggression.

5. According to Veblen, what effect does education have on the leisure class?
(a) It opens the leisure class to the new rich in each generation.
(b) It teaches the values of the leisure class and hands them down.
(c) It preserves the values of the leisure class from the its own apostasy.
(d) It teaches the leisure class the middle class values it will need to survive.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does the requirement of excessive clothing apply most?

2. Selective adaptation governs what?

3. What principle does Veblen say guides the consumer's habits?

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

5. What happens as the lower classes are educated and depend on the leisure class?

(see the answer key)

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