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

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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. What does Veblen say happens whenever people acquire a greater ability to pay?
(a) They buy more items of conspicious consumption.
(b) They pass their money to their children.
(c) They invest their money in the community.
(d) They improve their quality of life.

2. What does Veblen say happens to cultures that develop knowledge and tools?
(a) They become more warlike.
(b) They become more efficient.
(c) They become more decadent.
(d) They become more diplomatic.

3. Which occupation would the leisure class have worked as?
(a) Merchant.
(b) Minister.
(c) Engraver.
(d) Writer.

4. How does Veblen define conspicuous consumption?
(a) An act of consumption that involves more than one person.
(b) Vulgar or unnecessary displays of wealth.
(c) The display of wealth in front of witnesses to wealth.
(d) A refined set of mannerisms displayed while consuming status symbols.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which holiday does Veblen cite as an example of holidays being vicarious leisure?

2. What does Veblen say motivates conspicuous waste?

3. How does Veblen say the upper classes in an agricultural society see work?

4. What clothes should members of the leisure class wear?

5. What standard does Veblen say guides people's behavior?

(see the answer key)

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