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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 primitive phases.
(b) As consumptive phases.
(c) As revolutionary phases.
(d) As excretory phases.

2. How would you describe the images Bataille presents?
(a) Complementary.
(b) Nonsensical.
(c) Cumulative.
(d) Incongruous.

3. What film does Bataille cite in "The Eye"?
(a) That Obscure Object of Desire.
(b) The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.
(c) Andalusian Dog.
(d) L'Age d'Or.

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

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

6. Where did Bataille go to school?
(a) Lycée International.
(b) Ecole des Beaux Artes.
(c) Ecole des Chartres.
(d) Lycée Henry IV.

7. What did Bataille describe in "The Lugubrious Game"?
(a) A brown smudge.
(b) Sex play with eyeballs.
(c) Bestiality.
(d) Anal fixation.

8. For what field did Bataille go to school?
(a) Medieval librarian.
(b) Writer.
(c) Philosopher.
(d) Renaissance art critic.

9. What feeling does Bataille exaggerate in "The Lugubrious Game"?
(a) Respect.
(b) Irreverence.
(c) Admiration.
(d) Mournfulness.

10. What did Breton call Bataille?
(a) A incremental writing whore.
(b) A prophet.
(c) A dubious genius.
(d) An excremental philosopher.

11. When did Bataille deny his faith?
(a) 1913.
(b) 1920.
(c) 1919.
(d) 1911.

12. What strategy does Surrealism use for presenting images?
(a) Images are piled on, one after another.
(b) The images are distorted beyond recognition.
(c) Layers of each image are stripped away until the essential truth is apparent.
(d) Opposite images are contrasted.

13. What do flowers witness, in "The Language of Flowers"?
(a) The life and death of love.
(b) The reason for the plants' existence.
(c) Nothing but a moment in the life of the plant.
(d) The architectural order of fields and forests.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bataille claim the world is in "The Solar Anus"?

2. Who arranged Bataille's psychoanalytic cure?

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

4. What are the rats doing in "[Dream]"?

5. What two stances did Bataille combine?

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