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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Bataille describe producing and selling in "The Use Value of D. A. F. de Sade"?
(a) As consumptive phases.
(b) As primitive phases.
(c) As excretory phases.
(d) As revolutionary phases.

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

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) Nine months.
(d) Two years.

4. What does Bataille say about monsters in "The Deviations of Nature"?
(a) That they are projections out of the ugliest part of humanity.
(b) That they are the best place to gain insight into people's feelings about themselves.
(c) That they are necessary to keep people in line.
(d) That they represent the opposite of geometric regularity of form.

5. How do the rats appear in "[Dream]"?
(a) Scratching in the walls.
(b) Hanging by their tails.
(c) Swimming in the bilge.
(d) Crawling in ditches.

6. How does Bataille describe his work?
(a) Bicephalic.
(b) Acephalic.
(c) Hydrocephalic.
(d) Monocephalic.

7. What are flowers not matched by, in "The Language of Flowers"?
(a) A show of human love.
(b) The work of bees.
(c) The purity of the sunshine.
(d) The corrupt hands that pick them.

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

9. What does Bataille say his father looked like in "[Dream]"?
(a) A house.
(b) A toad.
(c) A vulture.
(d) A star.

10. How did Leiris portray Bataille to Breton?
(a) As a genius.
(b) As a pornographer.
(c) As a prophet.
(d) As obsessed.

11. What does Bataille say was the driving force beneath his heterodox theory?
(a) Obsession with excrement.
(b) Oedipal terror.
(c) Obsession with priests.
(d) Homoerotic terror.

12. What was Bataille being punished for in "[Dream]"?
(a) Staying up too late.
(b) Wetting himself.
(c) Playing with a hoop.
(d) Seeing his parents naked.

13. What critique does Bataille make in "The Critique of the Foundations of Hegelian Dialectic"?
(a) He demonstrated why dialectical materialism is inevitable.
(b) He criticizes the Oversoul as a childish fantasy.
(c) He frees dialectical negation from Engels' mechanical abstraction.
(d) He mocks Marx and Engels for their idealism.

14. What do volcanoes serve as, in "The Solar Anus"?
(a) Penises.
(b) God's mouths.
(c) The earth's anus.
(d) Mother earth's breasts.

15. What characterizes man in "The Eye"?
(a) Horror of eyes and insects.
(b) Longing for purity.
(c) Longing for sacrilege.
(d) Desire for violence and violation.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bataille describe the mandrake root?

2. Whom does Bataille contrast to the sovereign in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?

3. How would you describe the images Bataille presents?

4. What form does Bataille take after being a boy in "[Dream]"?

5. When was George Bataille born?

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