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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why do people spend more than they need for physical comfort?
(a) They need to stimulate their local economy.
(b) They want to impress their superiors.
(c) They cannot keep excess wealth.
(d) They conform to a code of decency.

3. Which aspect of culture was a condition for the development of a leisure class?
(a) An ethic of sharing.
(b) Representative government.
(c) Competition for resources.
(d) A predatory nature in the community.

4. Where did the earliest form of ownership take place?
(a) In lower barbarian stages of culture.
(b) In high industrial stages of culture.
(c) In early industrial stages of culture.
(d) In higher barbarian stages of culture.

5. What does Veblen say an ownership society motivates people to do?
(a) Work hard.
(b) Conquer other people.
(c) Steal.
(d) Keep money within the family.

6. Where does Veblen say scholars fit in the social spectrum?
(a) They are looked up to for their production of cultural materials.
(b) They are valued for their high level of expenditures on conspicuous items.
(c) They are looked down upon for their lower earnings.
(d) They are looked up to for their vicarious consumption of cultural production.

7. When did the leisure class become part of society?
(a) At the same time ownership did.
(b) At the same time slavery did.
(c) At the same time technology did.
(d) At the same time religion did.

8. Spending money on churches is an example of what?
(a) Vicarious waste.
(b) Architectural waste.
(c) Devout consumption.
(d) Conspicuous consumption.

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

10. What does Veblen say a woman's dress indicates about her spouse?
(a) Her affection for him.
(b) Her independence from him.
(c) Her reliance upon him.
(d) Her interdependence upon him.

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

12. What does Veblen say makes wealth desirable?
(a) It resolves disputes.
(b) It is honorable.
(c) It provides happiness.
(d) It gives renown.

13. What does Veblen say was lacking in primitive culture?
(a) A priest class.
(b) The need for drudgery.
(c) A governing class.
(d) Ownership of private property.

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

15. What happens when a community develops a standard of wealth?
(a) Society bands together to care for those below that level.
(b) Society persecutes those below that level.
(c) Anything beyond that level becomes meritorious.
(d) Anything below that level becomes objectionable.

Short Answer Questions

1. What allowed a leisure class to emerge?

2. What does Veblen say emulation leads to?

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

4. How does a man of leisure indicate his position in society?

5. What does Veblen say happens to those who need to work but do not work?

(see the answer keys)

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