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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. What was the state of the leisure class in hunting cultures?
(a) It was developing but still competing with the communal lifestyle.
(b) It was highly developed, and hunters exploit the women for their labor.
(c) It existed only for the priests.
(d) It did not exist.

2. Private ownership led to what cultural development?
(a) War.
(b) Jealousy and murders.
(c) Dueling.
(d) Competition for goods.

3. What term does Veblen use to describe horses and dogs?
(a) Pecuniary respectability.
(b) Conspicuous beauty.
(c) Pecuniary beauty.
(d) Conspicuous consumption.

4. What does Veblen say is the motive for ownership?
(a) Possessiveness.
(b) Emulation.
(c) Competitiveness.
(d) Envy.

5. What happens when men come into wealth through peaceful means?
(a) Property becomes an indicator of heritage.
(b) Property becomes the subject of competition and warfare.
(c) Property becomes an indicator of success.
(d) Property becomes the measure of spiritual values.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Veblen say clothing is designed for?

2. What spiritual need does clothing serve for people?

3. Why does Veblen say women wore corsets?

4. Vicarious consumption reflects whose standing?

5. What gives an item its desirability to men of the leisure class?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do most people spend in excess of what is required for their physical comfort?

2. How does the individual consumer think of his conspicuous waste?

3. How have women's clothes demonstrated that the woman does not engage in productive employment?

4. What began with private ownership?

5. How does the labor class view its work?

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

7. How are habits formed?

8. What do expensive clothes say about a person?

9. How does wealth stratify society?

10. How does the leisure class view work?

(see the answer keys)

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