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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Veblen say causes an item of clothing to be seen as inferior?
(a) If it is gaudy.
(b) If it is widely available.
(c) If it is easy to manufacture.
(d) If it is cheap.

2. What does Veblen say about the upper classes in Iceland and Polynesia?
(a) That they were barred from physical labor.
(b) That they worked alongside the rest.
(c) That they offered their vassals' labor to the priests.
(d) That they invested the capital and give laborers the means of production.

3. What distinction does Veblen say emerged between types of labor in cultures that had a leisure class?
(a) Between capitalists and communists.
(b) Between worthy and unworthy labor.
(c) Between workers, managers, and owners.
(d) Between agitators and protestors.

4. How does Veblen describe hunting in a predatory culture?
(a) It was the source of religion.
(b) It was a necessary evil.
(c) It was a form of sport.
(d) It was the center of all activities.

5. How does a man of leisure indicate his position in society?
(a) By his association with people of renown.
(b) By giving money to charities.
(c) By consuming and giving away certain things.
(d) By volunteering to help the poor.

6. What happens when people attain a certain level of consumption?
(a) They try to raise their children with less frivolous things.
(b) It is difficult to move to a lower level.
(c) It is easier to reach what has been just out of reach.
(d) They are free to move down, but it is difficult to move further up.

7. What distinction does Veblen say separates men and women?
(a) Men can endure greater strains.
(b) Women can contain men's emotions.
(c) Women are more empathetic.
(d) Men are more aggressive.

8. What does Veblen say the effects of an ownership society are on the behavior of its members?
(a) It makes people conservative.
(b) It makes people economically insecure.
(c) It makes people frugal.
(d) It makes people warlike.

9. How does Veblen say the upper classes in an agricultural society see work?
(a) They idealize it.
(b) They envy it.
(c) They master it.
(d) They see it as dishonorable.

10. What stage of culture contained the institution of the leisure class?
(a) Early stages of agricultural culture.
(b) Late stages of hunting culture.
(c) High stages of barbarian culture.
(d) Late stages of agricultural culture.

11. What does Veblen say comprises people's standard of living?
(a) Their luxuries.
(b) Their necessary consumption.
(c) Their habitual expenditures.
(d) Their debt.

12. Spending money on ornate buildings is an example of what?
(a) Devout waste.
(b) Vicarious consumption.
(c) Conspicuous waste.
(d) Vicarious waste.

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

14. Where is conspicuous consumption most prevalent?
(a) In urban areas.
(b) In court.
(c) In rural areas.
(d) In Paris.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who engages in vicarious consumption?

3. How do standards of consumption change?

4. What does Veblen say emulation leads to?

5. What happens when men come into wealth through peaceful means?

(see the answer keys)

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