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Multiple Choice Questions

1. With whose picture does Bataille say Nietzsche's picture was paired?
(a) Hitler's.
(b) Darwin's.
(c) Lou Andreas-Salomé's.
(d) Hegel's.

2. How did fascists see Nietzsche?
(a) As a martyr.
(b) As a primary ancestor.
(c) As a prosecutor.
(d) As a traitor.

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

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

5. What does Bataille describe in "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?
(a) How Marx's dialectic method was misinterpreted.
(b) How Marx's dialectic method was developed.
(c) How Hegel's dialectic method inspired revolutions.
(d) How Marx's dialectic method was critiqued.

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

7. What does Bataille say would result from a difference of events in his experience?
(a) He would reveal his alter-ego.
(b) He would be an other.
(c) He would have to confront his true self.
(d) He would be at war with himself.

8. Who is the audience for "The Practice of Joy before Death"?
(a) Those who are ill.
(b) The Catholic Church.
(c) Those who believe in no beyond.
(d) Those who believe in man's innate divinity.

9. What was Nietzsche's life dominated by, in Bataille's account?
(a) Aggression toward the social world.
(b) Puzzles in which he could see the nature of society.
(c) Stifled affection for a woman.
(d) Obsession with a lost world.

10. What approaches to Hegel's philosophy did Nicolai Hartmann compare?
(a) Feminist and modernist.
(b) Historical and philosophical.
(c) Verbal and reality-based.
(d) Practical and theoretical.

11. What does Bataille say about a man who knows his neighbors?
(a) He replaces his life with the life of the community.
(b) He is larger than himself in his connection with an organic whole.
(c) He is a particle connected by instability to an entangled whole.
(d) He maintains his place in society by a network of lies and half-truths.

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

13. What are the two classes Bataille divides consumption into?
(a) Conspicuous consumption and invisible consumption.
(b) Conservation of life and productive activity.
(c) Sacrificial consumption and gift consumption.
(d) Productive consumption and wasteful consumption.

14. What did fascism use Nietzsche's writing to oppose?
(a) The view of the past being taught in German schools.
(b) The policies of Daladier.
(c) Sentimentalism.
(d) The current political system.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two forms of heterogeneity Bataille introduces in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?

2. Where does fascism originate?

3. What does Bataille describe as a symptom of cultural crisis?

4. What movement does Bataille say in "The Sacred" was heir to Vincent Van Gogh and Rimbaud?

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

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