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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Veblen say was the earliest form of ownership?
(a) Ownership of hunting rights.
(b) Ownership of land.
(c) Ownership of songs.
(d) Ownership of women.

3. What does Veblen say happens to those who need to work but do not work?
(a) They are exiled.
(b) They are taken care by the stronger workers.
(c) They become beggars.
(d) They take care of the children and elders.

4. What does Veblen say is evidence of people's concern with their appearances?
(a) They will follow the fashions, no matter how silly.
(b) They will expose as much or as little of themselves as fashion warrants.
(c) They will neglect to protect themselves from the weather.
(d) They will wear clothing that gets in the way of their work.

5. Private ownership led to what cultural development?
(a) Jealousy and murders.
(b) War.
(c) Competition for goods.
(d) Dueling.

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

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

8. What does Veblen say motivates conspicuous waste?
(a) The desire to demonstrate wealth.
(b) The desire to conform to established usage.
(c) The desire to consume excessively.
(d) The desire to give to the poor indirectly.

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

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

11. What was the state of the leisure class in hunting cultures?
(a) It did not exist.
(b) It was developing but still competing with the communal lifestyle.
(c) It existed only for the priests.
(d) It was highly developed, and hunters exploit the women for their labor.

12. What force does Veblen say shapes the standard of living?
(a) Human guilt.
(b) Physical hunger.
(c) The industrial lifestyle.
(d) The predatory animus.

13. 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 volunteering to help the poor.
(d) By consuming and giving away certain things.

14. Which employments were associated with a lower status?
(a) Subsistence tasks.
(b) Government tasks.
(c) Crafts.
(d) Diplomatic tasks.

15. What do expensive handmade clothes have that cheap imitations do not?
(a) The aesthetic quality of the original.
(b) Patented features.
(c) The signature of the maker.
(d) More authentic components.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Veblen call the code of conduct for servants?

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

3. What incentive does Veblen say results from the desire to own property?

4. What factors drove the emergence of the leisure class?

5. What are signs of vicarious consumption?

(see the answer keys)

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