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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the belief in luck accompany?
(a) Resistance to industrialism.
(b) Belief in immortality.
(c) Development of status.
(d) Loss of faith in religion.

2. What does Veblen consider education to be?
(a) A form of vicarious consumption.
(b) A form of pecuniary waste.
(c) A form of conspicuous consumption.
(d) A form of vicarious leisure.

3. According to Veblen, what effect does education have on the leisure class?
(a) It teaches the values of the leisure class and hands them down.
(b) It teaches the leisure class the middle class values it will need to survive.
(c) It opens the leisure class to the new rich in each generation.
(d) It preserves the values of the leisure class from the its own apostasy.

4. What kinds of events does Veblen say were arranged by organizations during his time that were related to devout observance?
(a) Grassroots political events.
(b) Sporting events.
(c) Fundraisers.
(d) Team-building seminars.

5. What does Veblen cite as an example of gambling in organizations designed for devout observances?
(a) Church raffles.
(b) Donations to charities.
(c) Dating nights.
(d) Bingo.

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

7. According to Veblen, there is a natural selection among what?
(a) Forms of consumption.
(b) Forms of wastefulness.
(c) Ethnic types.
(d) Production techniques.

8. How does Veblen say contestants in sporting events demonstrate their belief in luck?
(a) By offering sacrifices.
(b) By wearing talismans.
(c) By performing rituals.
(d) By saying prayers to fortune.

9. Under what conditions is there a quasi-peaceful stage in Western culture, according to Veblen?
(a) When technology makes life easier.
(b) When status is the dominant feature of life.
(c) When money becomes the measure of social status.
(d) When the draft is ended.

10. What effect does Veblen say gambling has on industrial efficiency?
(a) It motivates people by increasing debt.
(b) It is a hindrance.
(c) Its effect is unpredictable.
(d) It increases industrial efficiency.

11. How does Veblen say people can move from the industrial class to the leisure class?
(a) Marriage.
(b) One cannot move into the leisure class.
(c) Pecuniary employments.
(d) Conspicuous waste.

12. Selective adaptation governs what?
(a) The display of wealth.
(b) The fashion from year to year.
(c) Who survives socially.
(d) Who works for whom.

13. Under what conditions does Veblen say that members of the industrial class will fight?
(a) When they are angry or drunk.
(b) When they want to settle a score.
(c) When someone's honor has been insulted.
(d) He says they will fight for almost any reason.

14. According to Veblen, what are sports based on?
(a) The desire to impress women.
(b) The ability to settle things amicably.
(c) The compulsion to accept defeat.
(d) The ability to cause damage.

15. To which group does the selection process seem to apply least?
(a) Peaceable types.
(b) Antepredatory variants.
(c) Predatory types.
(d) Ethnic types.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which ethnic type does Veblen say has more predatory traits?

2. What changes as a result of a change in institutions?

3. According to Veblen, how do men's attitudes change as they acquire more and more pecuniary interest in their work?

4. What does Veblen mean by exoteric knowledge?

5. Which stage of culture does the antepredatory variant correlate to?

(see the answer keys)

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