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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Where did Engels look for examples to test the dialectic method of Marx and Hegel?
(a) Politics.
(b) Lived experience.
(c) Nature.
(d) Religion.

5. How does bourgeois society enslave and degrade poor men, in Bataille's opinion?
(a) By keeping them poor.
(b) By forcing them to compete with machines.
(c) By preventing them getting medical attention.
(d) By showering them with goods.

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

7. What does Bataille say Nietzschean pride comes from?
(a) The desire for personal power but not for social power.
(b) The power of language and the chaos of experience.
(c) The need for individuality in times when individuality is impossible.
(d) Life's disintegration and the will to power.

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

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

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

11. Why is classical utility theory inadequate, in Bataille's opinion?
(a) Utility theory mystifies economics with talk of revolution.
(b) Utility theory relies on principles like honor and duty.
(c) Utility theory disregards values like honor and virtue.
(d) Utility theory is not compatible with the Marxist imperative of class revolution.

12. What does Bataille define as a way to humiliate, defy, or obligate a poorer person as a show of destruction of wealth?
(a) Public Assistance.
(b) Potlatch.
(c) Welfare.
(d) Government subsidies.

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

14. What does the homogeneous part of society purchase?
(a) Workers.
(b) Unions.
(c) Production.
(d) Capital.

15. What happens when political action leads to nothing, in "The Sacred Conspiracy"?
(a) New political parties will form.
(b) The people will revolt.
(c) The government will dissolve.
(d) Enthusiasm meets a void.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what does Bataille say Alfred Baumler distilled a doctrine of the people's will to power?

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

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

4. Where does fascism originate?

5. What was Bataille summing up in his "Propositions"?

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