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. To whom does the requirement of excessive clothing apply most?
(a) Owners.
(b) Women.
(c) Servants.
(d) Children.

2. According to Veblen, women in the leisure class are partially exempt from what?
(a) Familial pressures.
(b) Spiritual pressures.
(c) Pecuniary pressures.
(d) Cultural pressures.

3. What happens as the lower classes are educated and depend on the leisure class?
(a) They become more dependent on ritual.
(b) They become more resigned to their class.
(c) They become more restless and aggressive.
(d) They become more likely to seize the means of production.

4. What term does Veblen use to describe horses and dogs?
(a) Pecuniary respectability.
(b) Conspicuous consumption.
(c) Pecuniary beauty.
(d) Conspicuous beauty.

5. When, according to Veblen, does the leisure class change most?
(a) When the economy is adapting to changes.
(b) When there are conflicts abroad but not at home.
(c) When the question of succession to the throne or presidency is at issue.
(d) When there are no wars.

Short Answer Questions

1. What spiritual need does clothing serve for people?

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

3. What does Veblen say happens whenever people acquire a greater ability to pay?

4. Under what conditions does Veblen say that members of the industrial class will fight?

5. What are signs of vicarious consumption?

(see the answer key)

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