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, in Veblen's description, does education accomplish?

2. According to Veblen, what effect does education have on the leisure class?

3. When, according to Veblen, does the leisure class change most?

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

5. What, according to Veblen, has shaped women's experiences?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do sports relate to the fighting spirit?

3. How does Veblen describe the situation of modern women, the women of his time?

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

5. How does education form the leisure class?

6. How does Veblen describe devout observances?

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

8. Which classes duel? Which classes fight?

9. What are the effects of devout observances?

10. How are organizations organized around devout observances?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Veblen critical of the leisure class, or is his work simply descriptive of their habits? Use the text and any social, biographical, or cultural research to define Veblen's feelings about the leisure class.

Essay Topic 2

How useful is the term "the leisure class"? Does it describe everyone with any disposable income? Is it really a synonym for the upper class? Is it a synonym for the middle class?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role Darwinian thinking plays in "The Theory of the Leisure Class." Is Veblen simply applying Darwin's ideas to society, or is he using Darwin's ideas as tools to show things Darwin's theories would not have described?

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