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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kinds of expenditure does artistic production require?
(a) Patron or market expenditure.
(b) Religious or secular expenditure.
(c) Public or patron expenditure.
(d) Real or symbolic expenditure.

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

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

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

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

6. What circumstances must be in place for the science function to be served, in Bataille's account in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?
(a) Science must be the only goal.
(b) Profit must be part of the goal.
(c) Religion must be referred to in its sense of its goals.
(d) It must serve someone's sense of power.

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

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

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

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

11. When does being become undefined, according to Bataille?
(a) When it is projected beyond itself.
(b) When it is projected on an unworthy object.
(c) When it is drawn from imagination.
(d) When it is discovered in another.

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

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

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

15. What does Bataille say about the knife whose handle and blade are changed indefinitely?
(a) It is no longer the same knife.
(b) It is a modern knife, with replaceable parts.
(c) It is a capitalist knife, with its value in its use alone.
(d) It partakes of the eternal form of knife-ness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bataille say democracy is based on?

2. What does Bataille say man demanded of the earth?

3. What does homogeneity depend on?

4. What does Bataille say Nietzschean pride comes from?

5. What does Bataille's 'me in the void' realize in "Sacrifices"?

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