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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Section III (1936-1939).

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Bataille say conspicuous consumption was used for?
(a) Attacking the inequalities in the economy.
(b) Devaluing the trappings of wealth.
(c) Destroying the foundation of wealth.
(d) Affirming the position of the rich.

2. In whose hands does Bataille describe conspicuous consumption as a tool?
(a) The intelligentsia.
(b) The poor.
(c) The middle class.
(d) The rich.

3. In "Sacrificial Mutilation and the Severed Ear of Vincent Van Gogh", how long does Bataille say it took Van Gogh to paint suns after his self-mutilation?
(a) Fifteen months.
(b) Six months.
(c) Two years.
(d) Nine months.

4. What is classical utility theory inadequate to define, in Bataille's opinion?
(a) The value of tranquility.
(b) What is useful to man.
(c) The value of religious belief.
(d) What is aesthetically valuable.

5. Who developed the theory of conspicuous consumption?
(a) John Dewey.
(b) Max Weber.
(c) Karl Marx.
(d) Thorstein Veblen.

Short Answer Questions

1. When is the 'me' free to accept individuality and transcendence, in Bataille's opinion in "Sacrifices"?

2. When did Bataille deny his faith?

3. What does Baumler call revolution?

4. What was Mussolini's relationship with Nietzsche?

5. How does Bataille describe his work?

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