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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. According to Veblen, what effect does education have on the leisure class?
(a) It preserves the values of the leisure class from the its own apostasy.
(b) It opens the leisure class to the new rich in each generation.
(c) It teaches the leisure class the middle class values it will need to survive.
(d) It teaches the values of the leisure class and hands them down.

2. To what agency does Veblen attribute industrial man's faith in luck?
(a) The spirit of the times.
(b) God.
(c) Spirits of a place.
(d) The unseen hand.

3. How does Veblen say contestants in sporting events demonstrate their belief in luck?
(a) By offering sacrifices.
(b) By performing rituals.
(c) By saying prayers to fortune.
(d) By wearing talismans.

4. What does Veblen mean by the terms "social inertia" and "conservatism"?
(a) Institutions will always change faster than individuals.
(b) Man will forever idealize the past.
(c) Man will cling to his habits until he is forced to change.
(d) Man will always imagine that returning to the past is possible.

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) The Freemasons.
(c) Young Men's Christian Association.
(d) The Ku Klux Klan.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two classes does Veblen distinguish between?

2. What force does Veblen say drives change in the leisure class?

3. What does Veblen say that the leisure-class and lower-class delinquents have in common, along with their belief in an unseen hand?

4. Natural selection of social structure is influenced by the natural selection of what?

5. Under what conditions is there a quasi-peaceful stage in Western culture, according to Veblen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What traits in men are required for the success of a community, in Veblen's description?

2. How are industries ranked?

3. How do institutions change?

4. How does Veblen describe devout observances?

5. How does Veblen's book reveal Darwin's influence?

6. What is martial spirit, and which classes demonstrate it?

7. Which classes duel? Which classes fight?

8. How does the study of the classics and classical languages change over time?

9. What are the effects of devout observances?

10. How does one move from the industrial class to the leisure class?

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