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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of men's 'being' does Bataille compare in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) A worker and a store-keeper.
(b) A worker and a sovereign.
(c) An important man and a wanderer.
(d) A man and a woman.

2. What does Bataille say poor people cannot stop rich people from doing?
(a) Wasting resources.
(b) Eluding prosecution for crimes.
(c) Buying influence.
(d) Helping the poor.

3. What does Bataille say is the only religion for fascists?
(a) Race.
(b) Power.
(c) Christianity.
(d) Technology.

4. How is the question of 'what exists compared to what appears' resolved, in "Sacrifices"?
(a) By answering what is required to exist for moral value.
(b) By accepting the duality of latent and manifest action.
(c) By unraveling the mystery of language.
(d) By moving beyond questions of present and past.

5. What did Bataille and Andre Masson dream about as Bataille was writing "The Labyrinth"?
(a) A dream they were expressing in drawings.
(b) An obscene dream they could never publish.
(c) A dream they could not own.
(d) A dream they were setting to music.

6. What does Bataille say democracy is based on?
(a) Free speech.
(b) Free elections.
(c) Open debate.
(d) A weak opposition.

7. What was the purpose of the Popular Front, in Bataille's account?
(a) To oppose fascism in France.
(b) To oppose immigrants in France.
(c) To oppose Hitler.
(d) To overthrow the Vichy government.

8. What kinds of expenditure does artistic production require?
(a) Public or patron expenditure.
(b) Religious or secular expenditure.
(c) Real or symbolic expenditure.
(d) Patron or market expenditure.

9. What does Bataille say profit leads to, in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) Salvation.
(b) Illumination.
(c) Purgatory.
(d) Degradation.

10. What does Bataille say the theory of conspicuous consumption is used for?
(a) Preserving segregation between rich and poor.
(b) Giving the poor opportunities.
(c) Keeping the poor weak.
(d) Melting different cultures together in America.

11. What are the two forms of heterogeneity Bataille introduces in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?
(a) The bourgeois merchant and the Jewish banker.
(b) The policeman and the drunkard.
(c) The sovereign and the worker.
(d) The Marxist revolution and the capitalist marketplace.

12. What does Bataille say dominates history in "Popular Front in the Street"?
(a) Technologies.
(b) Democracies.
(c) Fascists.
(d) Revolutions.

13. How do men express their 'being', in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) By attaining their goals.
(b) By struggling for unreachable satisfactions.
(c) By rebelling against themselves constantly.
(d) By accepting the duality of their nature.

14. What does Bataille say pyramids ensure?
(a) Eternal life.
(b) The eternally egalitarian nature of death.
(c) Limitless sky on earth.
(d) Glory for the monarchs inside them.

15. What does Bataille say is the only virtue for fascists?
(a) Language.
(b) Germany.
(c) Religion.
(d) History.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bataille say the world offers modern man to love?

2. When does being become undefined, according to Bataille?

3. What is the significance of the image of the labyrinth in the "The Labyrinth"?

4. What did professor Hartmann dispute about the treatment of the Marx/Hegel dialectic?

5. What does Bataille describe as the result of individuals asking critical questions, in "Nietzschean Chronicle"?

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