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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 does Veblen say is the reason for gambling?
(a) A belief in luck.
(b) Longing for riches.
(c) Distrust in the economic system.
(d) Failure to be convinced of the value of labor.

2. What does Veblen say was the center of modern communities during his time?
(a) Industrial efficiency.
(b) The inherited triumphs from wars.
(c) Nostalgia for nature.
(d) The guilt inherited from wars.

3. Under what heading does Veblen put sports and fighting and other manifestations of the predatory temperament?
(a) Savagery.
(b) Unproductive aggression.
(c) Exploitation.
(d) Disgruntlement.

4. What does Veblen mean by esoteric knowledge?
(a) Knowledge that has nothing to do with industry.
(b) Knowledge that questions the nature of God.
(c) Knowledge that can be developed in an industrial capacity.
(d) Knowledge that is applied to industry.

5. Where does Veblen say gambling originated?
(a) He says it is an archaic activity.
(b) He says it originated in peaceable culture.
(c) He says it originated in predatory culture.
(d) He says it originated in sports.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Veblen say is the purpose of devout observances?

2. To what agency does Veblen attribute industrial man's faith in luck?

3. In what activity do delinquents rival the leisure class?

4. How does a belief in luck have an effect on efficiency?

5. What is the term Veblen uses for the belief that a sports event can be influenced by outside factors?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which classes duel? Which classes fight?

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

3. What are the ethnic types Veblen defines, and how does he describe them?

4. How do institutions change?

5. How does Veblen describe the difference between esoteric and exoteric knowledge?

6. How does the workman manifest his animistic view about luck?

7. How do men and women of the industrial classes feel and react to pecuniary pressures?

8. How does Veblen describe the gambling temperament?

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

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

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