The Theory of the Leisure Class Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Veblen say God represents in the anthropomorphic creed?

2. How does Veblen describe charitable organizations?

3. Who benefits by a scholar's work?

4. What does the belief in luck accompany?

5. What aspect of man's character does gambling originate in, according to Veblen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which classes duel? Which classes fight?

2. How is education similar to the observance of devotional functions and magic?

3. How are leisure-class women like members of the clergy?

4. How do the leisure classes change over time?

5. How does Veblen describe devout observances?

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

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

8. What are the effects of devout observances?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Veblen dividing society into people who blindly follow fashion on one hand and others who see the true value of things on the other? Or is he describing a split in the industrial culture by which people can see the artificiality of their habits at the same time that they perform them?

Essay Topic 2

Why does society need to have its industrial efficiency reduced through devout observances and the belief in unseen hands? What would happen if society accelerated toward efficiency? What does reducing efficiency allow for a leisure class? What does it offer for the other classes?

Essay Topic 3

Are members of the leisure class the pacesetters and leaders of a culture, or are they the most conservative members, slowest to change and adapt to new cultural conditions?

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