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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. How did Andre Masson establish the tone of his book of drawings?
(a) With a drawing of God parting the clouds in judgment.
(b) With a drawing of a syphilis cell.
(c) With a drawing of a prostitute.
(d) With a drawing of an acephalic man.

2. What was Mussolini's relationship with Nietzsche?
(a) He named him as one of his inspirations.
(b) He claimed him as an ancestor.
(c) He did not cite his influence on fascism.
(d) He refuted his arguments.

3. What claim does Bataille make in "The Obelisk"?
(a) That nationalism is never carved in stone.
(b) That there is no mystery in the world of spirit.
(c) That the past always has to be imported from elsewhere.
(d) That fascism is centered on the monuments it builds to itself.

4. What was the "Acephale" group's primary purpose?
(a) To annihilate the idea of God.
(b) To kill God.
(c) To come into contact with God in men.
(d) To recreate the myth of God.

5. How does Bataille describe his father?
(a) Financially secure.
(b) Blind, paralytic and syphilitic.
(c) Depressed and alcoholic.
(d) Frequently ill and mentally unstable.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Bataille relate to Andre Masson's drawings?

2. What did "Acephale" primarily consist of?

3. What was Nietzsche's relationship with fascism, in Bataille's account?

4. What claim does Bataille discuss in "The Deviations of Nature"?

5. When does an obelisk cease to be meaningful?

(see the answer key)

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