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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did professor Hartmann dispute about the treatment of the Marx/Hegel dialectic?
(a) He objects that it is based on pseudo-science.
(b) He objects that it is not a law of reality.
(c) He objects that it is only applicable in certain cases.
(d) He objects that it is not grounded in political science.

2. When does an obelisk cease to be meaningful?
(a) When the people have more important needs.
(b) As soon as the authority it symbolizes becomes conscious.
(c) When the political party that built it is voted out.
(d) When the military leader who erected it dies.

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

4. Which of the following does Bataille NOT use as an example of unproductive expenditure without value beyond itself?
(a) Art.
(b) Luxuries.
(c) Public gardens.
(d) War.

5. How did Bataille relate to Andre Masson's drawings?
(a) He saw himself as the self in flight.
(b) He saw himself as the lines and the paper themselves.
(c) He saw himself as the entire cosmos.
(d) He saw himself as the sick man.

6. What does Bataille say money measures, in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?
(a) Power.
(b) Money.
(c) Work.
(d) Status.

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

8. How did Engels and Hartmann differ on the tenets of Hegel's "Philosophy of Nature"?
(a) Engels believed them, but Hartmann was indifferent.
(b) Engels was indifferent to them, but Hartmann did not believe them.
(c) Engels believed them, but Hartmann did not.
(d) Engels did not believe them, but Hartmann did.

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

10. What was the essay "Sacrifices" used as?
(a) A criticism.
(b) A review.
(c) As a preface.
(d) A personal essay.

11. Which of the following is one of the directions recomposition of society can take?
(a) Decomposing bureaucracy.
(b) Liberating myths.
(c) Nihilism.
(d) Technological dictatorship.

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

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

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

15. What does the cross demand, at the end of "Sacrifices"?
(a) Struggle with insurmountable obstacles.
(b) Freedom from struggle.
(c) Embrace in struggle.
(d) Struggle with the lower self.

Short Answer Questions

1. What claim does Bataille make in "The Obelisk"?

2. What are the two classes Bataille divides consumption into?

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

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

5. What does Bataille say about meaning in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

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