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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What employments did upper-class people in Iceland and Polynesia work in?
(a) Investment banking and diplomacy.
(b) Management, service jobs, and newspapers.
(c) Government, military, and the ministry.
(d) Arts, music, and entertainment.

2. According to Veblen, property became a prerequisite for what?
(a) Starting a family.
(b) Respect.
(c) Comfort.
(d) Reputation.

3. Who performs the most vicarious consumption, according to Veblen?
(a) The women of the household.
(b) Children.
(c) The wage earner.
(d) Servants.

4. What aspect of culture was a condition for the development of a leisure class?
(a) Community standards of decency had to be fairly loose.
(b) The goal of a good life had to involve hard work.
(c) Subsistence could be obtained without the entire community.
(d) The entire community had to be involved in earning subsistence.

5. What makes dress a good indicator of conspicuous waste?
(a) Everyone knows how much clothing costs.
(b) Everyone has to wear it.
(c) It can be made in so many different ways.
(d) It is always on display.

6. What clothes should members of the leisure class wear?
(a) Clothes that indicate that they do not work.
(b) Clothes that indicate that they work because the want to.
(c) Clothes that indicate that they inherited their money.
(d) Clothes that indicate that they are friendly with their tailors.

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

8. What distinguishes devout structures from other buildings?
(a) They are always open to the public.
(b) They are less elaborate.
(c) They are more ornate.
(d) They are more comfortable.

9. What does Veblen say is the motive for ownership?
(a) Competitiveness.
(b) Envy.
(c) Emulation.
(d) Possessiveness.

10. What consumption articles does Veblen state that the consumer hangs on to the most?
(a) Objects with high utility value.
(b) Objects with high exchange value.
(c) Luxuries.
(d) Necessities.

11. What does Veblen call the code of conduct for servants?
(a) Service with a smile.
(b) Mechanical efficiency.
(c) Conspicuous discomfort.
(d) Conspicuous subservience.

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

13. What does consumption yield to the individual?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Status.
(c) Reputation.
(d) Utility.

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

15. What gives an item its desirability to men of the leisure class?
(a) Utility.
(b) Efficiency.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Expensiveness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Spending money on ornate buildings is an example of what?

2. To whom does the requirement of excessive clothing apply most?

3. What spiritual need does clothing serve for people?

4. What does Veblen say happens as technology progresses?

5. How does Veblen define leisure?

(see the answer keys)

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