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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Bataille describe as a symptom of cultural crisis?
(a) Outrageous profits.
(b) Technological incompetence.
(c) Bureaucratic regulation.
(d) Administrative impudence.

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

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

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

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

6. Who is Elisabeth Judas-Forster?
(a) Bataille's girlfriend.
(b) Nietzsche's sister.
(c) A critic of Bataille's.
(d) Andre Masson's lover.

7. Where does fascism originate?
(a) Among the poor who have nothing to establish power.
(b) Among the workers who seize control of the means of production.
(c) Among the rich who are threatened by an outside group.
(d) Among the middle classes who want to control the proletariat.

8. Under whom does fascism unite society, in Bataille's account?
(a) A leader who represents the lower common denominator of society.
(b) A leader who represents the aristocratic self.
(c) A leader who identifies with the individual everyman.
(d) A leader who identifies with the state.

9. 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) A dream they were expressing in drawings.
(d) An obscene dream they could never publish.

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

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

12. What did Bataille intend to define "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?
(a) Dialectic politics.
(b) Dialectic philosophy.
(c) Dialectic aesthetics.
(d) Dialectic limits.

13. How did Andre Masson establish the tone of his book of drawings?
(a) With a drawing of a prostitute.
(b) With a drawing of a syphilis cell.
(c) With a drawing of God parting the clouds in judgment.
(d) With a drawing of an acephalic man.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. With whose picture does Bataille say Nietzsche's picture was paired?

2. What does Bataille say is analogous to the maternal breast?

3. What does Bataille describe in "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?

4. How do men express their 'being', in "The Labyrinth"?

5. What does Bataille say is the contradiction in Christians worshiping God?

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