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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Bataille's 'me in the void' realize in "Sacrifices"?
(a) That he doesn't exist.
(b) That he might cease to exist.
(c) That he has dominion over everything.
(d) That he might have to create himself.

2. What does Bataille say man demanded of the earth?
(a) Consolation below the earth.
(b) Productivity on the earth.
(c) Answers.
(d) Necessity above the universe.

3. What was Mussolini's relationship with Nietzsche?
(a) He did not cite his influence on fascism.
(b) He named him as one of his inspirations.
(c) He refuted his arguments.
(d) He claimed him as an ancestor.

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

5. What does Bataille say is the contradiction in Christians worshiping God?
(a) They elevate God's power, but claim it for themselves alone.
(b) They hold people to scripture in private life but not in the marketplace.
(c) They only go to church one day a week, but work the other six in profane employments.
(d) They keep the poor down while their worship exalts them.

6. What was Bataille summing up in his "Propositions"?
(a) His thoughts on sex and perversity in modern life.
(b) His thoughts on modern culture.
(c) His thoughts on Nietzschean metaphysics.
(d) His thoughts on the death of God.

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

8. What did Engels work for eight years to develop, but ultimately disavow?
(a) A dialectics of manufacturing.
(b) A dialectics of nature.
(c) A dialectics of religion.
(d) A dialectics of mathematics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bataille say would result from a difference of events in his experience?

2. What tone did Andre Masson establish in his drawings?

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

4. Where does fascism originate?

5. What does Bataille say profit leads to, in "The Labyrinth"?

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