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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What aspect of man's character does gambling originate in, according to Veblen?
(a) The antepredatory character.
(b) The predatory character.
(c) The peaceable character.
(d) The religious character.

2. In what activity do delinquents rival the leisure class?
(a) Unproductive leisure.
(b) Consumption.
(c) Fighting.
(d) Production.

3. What does Veblen say the act of worshiping appeals to?
(a) The desire for order.
(b) The sense of communal devotion.
(c) The need to be dominated.
(d) The sense of status.

4. What does Veblen say is the most serious occupation of the leisure class?
(a) Innovation.
(b) Production.
(c) Distribution.
(d) Government.

5. Which organization does Veblen cite as an example of an organization whose existence is related to devout observance?
(a) The Chamber of Commerce.
(b) Young Men's Christian Association.
(c) The Freemasons.
(d) The Ku Klux Klan.

6. According to Veblen, how do men's attitudes change as they acquire more and more pecuniary interest in their work?
(a) They become more ashamed of it.
(b) They begin to spend more time with their families.
(c) They begin to give more to charity.
(d) They take more pride in it.

7. Why do existing institutions foster the propagation of a particular type of person?
(a) Because he will bring his family into the institution.
(b) Because he fosters the development of social cohesion.
(c) Because he propagates within his family.
(d) Because he fosters the institution.

8. What promotes the predatory aptitudes and predatory animus?
(a) Industrial labor.
(b) Pecuniary employments.
(c) Craftsmanship.
(d) Ownership.

9. 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 preserves the values of the leisure class from the its own apostasy.
(c) It opens the leisure class to the new rich in each generation.
(d) It teaches the leisure class the middle class values it will need to survive.

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

11. What does Veblen say fighting does for lower-class delinquents?
(a) Veblen says that it asserts manhood.
(b) Veblen says that it threatens the upper classes.
(c) Veblen says that it settles property disputes.
(d) Veblen says that it culls the weak.

12. What kind of value does Veblen say gambling has?
(a) A direct economic value.
(b) A spiritual value.
(c) A predictive value.
(d) An evolutionary value.

13. What age does Veblen say worshiping corresponds to?
(a) The antepredatory age.
(b) The industrial age.
(c) The barbarian age.
(d) The peaceful age.

14. Where does Veblen say the leisure class lived during his time?
(a) Above the industrial community.
(b) Beyond the industrial community.
(c) Within the industrial community.
(d) Near the industrial community.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it that Veblen says survives as society changes?

2. What happens as the lower classes are educated and depend on the leisure class?

3. What, according to Veblen, has shaped women's experiences?

4. What does Veblen say is the reason for gambling?

5. How does Veblen describe the industrial classes' relationship with sports?

(see the answer keys)

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