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Multiple Choice Questions
1. To whom does the requirement of excessive clothing apply most?
2. Where does Veblen say scholars fit in the social spectrum?
(a) They are looked down upon for their lower earnings.
(b) They are valued for their high level of expenditures on conspicuous items.
(c) They are looked up to for their vicarious consumption of cultural production.
(d) They are looked up to for their production of cultural materials.
3. What does consumption yield to the individual?
4. Where did the earliest form of ownership take place?
(a) In higher barbarian stages of culture.
(b) In high industrial stages of culture.
(c) In lower barbarian stages of culture.
(d) In early industrial stages of culture.
5. What distinction does Veblen say separates men and women?
(a) Men are more aggressive.
(b) Men can endure greater strains.
(c) Women can contain men's emotions.
(d) Women are more empathetic.
Short Answer Questions
1. What aspect of culture was a condition for the development of a leisure class?
2. What does Veblen say motivates conspicuous waste?
3. What is reserved for the leisure class?
4. Why does Veblen say women wore corsets?
5. How does a man of leisure indicate his position in society?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the clergy demonstrate vicarious leisure?
2. What kinds of feats replace productivity for the leisure class?
3. How does the standard of wealth change over time?
4. How does the labor class view its work?
5. How does style ensure conspicuous waste?
6. What is the purpose of leisure?
7. How does the leisure class view work?
8. What distinguishes the leisure class from the other classes?
9. How does the individual consumer think of his conspicuous waste?
10. What are the two conditions necessary for the development of the leisure class?
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