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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does homogeneity depend on?
(a) A productive system.
(b) Owners keeping the workers down.
(c) Workers owning the means of production.
(d) Continual revolution.

2. When is the 'me' free to accept individuality and transcendence, in Bataille's opinion in "Sacrifices"?
(a) When it is dying in freedom.
(b) When it is dying by violence.
(c) When it is dying in peace.
(d) When it is dying in religion.

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

4. From what does Bataille say Alfred Baumler distilled a doctrine of the people's will to power?
(a) Nietzschean metaphor.
(b) Nietzschean politics.
(c) Nietzschean contradiction.
(d) Nietzschean religion.

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

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

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

8. What does Bataille say scientists said about the dialectic?
(a) It was the one true science.
(b) It was a matter of faith.
(c) It was demonstrated in evolution.
(d) It was incompatible with science.

9. What does Bataille say the world offers modern man to love?
(a) A society to be assumed.
(b) God and religion.
(c) The progress of capitalism to communism.
(d) Nothing beyond self-interest.

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

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

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

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

14. What results from acting in specialized areas, in Bataille's opinion in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) Man is impoverished.
(b) Man conquers the universe in its details.
(c) Man becomes a specialist.
(d) Man loses his innocence.

15. What is the significance of the image of the labyrinth in the "The Labyrinth"?
(a) It is a metaphor for being.
(b) It is a metaphor for social existence.
(c) It is a symbol of man's inner state.
(d) It represents the deadly stakes in self-knowledge.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bataille say money measures, in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?

2. What did Hegel claim about nature?

3. Where did Engels look for examples to test the dialectic method of Marx and Hegel?

4. How is the question of 'what exists compared to what appears' resolved, in "Sacrifices"?

5. What does Bataille say Nietzsche questions?

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