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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Section II (1932-1935).

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Bataille compare roots to, in "The Language of Flowers"?
(a) Visible leaves.
(b) Death.
(c) Human bodies.
(d) Corruption.

2. Under what conditions can a state be democratic, in Bataille's opinion?
(a) When homogeneity happens spontaneously.
(b) When heterogeneity can be controlled with force.
(c) When heterogeneity happens spontaneously.
(d) When homogeneity can be broken up peacefully.

3. How do philosophers use natural forms, in "The Language of Flowers"?
(a) As metaphors for other natural forms.
(b) As symbols for the experience and association of natural forms.
(c) As primitive forms of the things themselves.
(d) As symbols of sacred abstraction.

4. How did Bataille rebel against his father?
(a) By becoming a Protestant.
(b) By taking lovers.
(c) By running away from home.
(d) By quitting school.

5. In what piece of writing did Bataille record his childhood?
(a) The Lugubrious Game.
(b) [Dream].
(c) The Eye.
(d) The Language of Flowers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Bataille afraid of as a child?

2. How does dialectic operate in "Notion of Expenditure"?

3. What relationship between events and things is Bataille describing in "The Solar Anus"?

4. What is the benefit Bataille sees to having more than one meaning in his work?

5. What does Bataille say the theory of conspicuous consumption is used for?

(see the answer key)

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