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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 influence does Veblen say affects the anthropomorphic cult's later development?
(a) Bureaucratization.
(b) Charity.
(c) Efficiency.
(d) Industry.

2. According to Veblen, women in the leisure class are partially exempt from what?
(a) Spiritual pressures.
(b) Pecuniary pressures.
(c) Cultural pressures.
(d) Familial pressures.

3. What does Veblen say that the leisure-class and lower-class delinquents have in common, along with their belief in an unseen hand?
(a) An inclination to devout observances.
(b) An inability to commit to productive labor.
(c) A refusal to stray from orthodox practices.
(d) An excessively strong adaptiveness in spiritual matters.

4. How does Veblen describe charitable organizations?
(a) As semireligious.
(b) As grounded in competition for status.
(c) As fundamentally economic.
(d) A somewhat militaristic.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which class does Veblen say exhibits peaceful traits?

2. When, according to Veblen, does a devout or pious organization decline?

3. What does Veblen mean by esoteric knowledge?

4. How does Veblen describe anthropomorphic cults?

5. Why, according to Veblen, do the leisure class's traits survive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What temperament does Veblen say characterizes the leisure class, and how does the leisure class change?

2. How do the devout observances of the clergy have their cultural-economic effect?

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

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

5. How do men change over time according to Veblen?

6. What are the effects of devout observances?

7. How do sports demonstrate belief in luck, or semireligious sentiment?

8. How do lower-class delinquents manifest the fighting spirit?

9. How does Veblen describe devout observances?

10. Where does Veblen believe the desire to gamble originates?

(see the answer keys)

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