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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why, according to Veblen, do the leisure class's traits survive?
(a) Because the leisure class is sheltered.
(b) Because the leisure class is resistent to adaptation.
(c) Because the leisure class is cosmopolitan.
(d) Because the leisure class is an open society.

2. To what does Veblen say that education is similar?
(a) Marriage.
(b) Devotional practice.
(c) Mercantilism.
(d) Warfare.

3. How does Veblen describe charitable organizations?
(a) As grounded in competition for status.
(b) As semireligious.
(c) As fundamentally economic.
(d) A somewhat militaristic.

4. What force does Veblen say drives change in the leisure class?
(a) International currency exchange rates.
(b) Political policies.
(c) Economic development.
(d) Changes in religious rituals.

5. Why, according to Veblen, were women excluded from education?
(a) They were subservient.
(b) They were unprepared.
(c) They were independent.
(d) They were distracting.

6. According to Veblen, new selections of the fittest are driven by changes in what?
(a) Habits.
(b) Institutions.
(c) Fashions.
(d) Ideas.

7. Who benefits by a scholar's work?
(a) The scholar.
(b) The university system.
(c) The scholar's colleagues.
(d) The scholar's patron.

8. What changes as a result of a change in institutions?
(a) Technology.
(b) Habits and thoughts.
(c) The means of production.
(d) Economic models.

9. What does Veblen call learning?
(a) Submission to eternal truth.
(b) Sympathetic magic.
(c) Participation in class distinction.
(d) Delight and instruction.

10. What does Veblen say was the center of modern communities during his time?
(a) Industrial efficiency.
(b) The guilt inherited from wars.
(c) The inherited triumphs from wars.
(d) Nostalgia for nature.

11. What does Veblen mean by exoteric knowledge?
(a) Knowledge of geology and planetary physics.
(b) Knowledge of the industrial process.
(c) Knowledge of social status and tradition.
(d) Knowledge of skeletons and underlying structures.

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

13. What is the state of the institution with regard to the present moment?
(a) It is never fully caught up to the present.
(b) It predicts how people will behave in the future.
(c) It represents a snapshot of the present moment.
(d) It transcends the present moment.

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

15. What does Veblen see as evidence of the martial spirit in the leisure class?
(a) Dueling.
(b) Monopolies.
(c) Competitive business practices.
(d) Lawsuits.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Veblen say the act of worshiping appeals to?

2. What is the term Veblen uses for the belief that a sports event can be influenced by outside factors?

3. Where does Veblen say the leisure class lived during his time?

4. When, according to Veblen, does the leisure class change most?

5. According to Veblen, what effect does education have on the leisure class?

(see the answer keys)

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