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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Veblen say the laboring classes in an agricultural society see work?
(a) It is humiliating.
(b) It is the minimum requirement.
(c) It is not undignified.
(d) It is the means to advancement.

2. What does Veblen say happens to those who need to work but do not work?
(a) They become beggars.
(b) They take care of the children and elders.
(c) They are exiled.
(d) They are taken care by the stronger workers.

3. Which occupation would the leisure class have worked as?
(a) Writer.
(b) Engraver.
(c) Minister.
(d) Merchant.

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

5. What does Veblen say comprises people's standard of living?
(a) Their debt.
(b) Their luxuries.
(c) Their necessary consumption.
(d) Their habitual expenditures.

Short Answer Questions

1. What incentive does Veblen say results from the desire to own property?

2. Which employments were associated with a lower status?

3. As leisure classes develop, whom do the marginal men of leisure in the lower ranks affiliate themselves with?

4. What does Veblen say makes wealth desirable?

5. What does Veblen say causes an item of clothing to be seen as inferior?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are churches and ornate buildings related to conspicuous waste?

2. How does Veblen describe the differences between the sexes and the effect of those differences on economic life of a society?

3. Where does the institution of a leisure class appear in the development of culture?

4. How are habits formed?

5. What status is attributed to scholars?

6. How does the standard of wealth change over time?

7. What do expensive clothes say about a person?

8. How does style ensure conspicuous waste?

9. What is emulation, and how does it function in society?

10. What is the purpose of leisure?

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