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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did professor Hartmann dispute about the treatment of the Marx/Hegel dialectic?
(a) He objects that it is not grounded in political 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 based on pseudo-science.

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

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

5. What does Bataille say would result from a difference of events in his experience?
(a) He would reveal his alter-ego.
(b) He would be at war with himself.
(c) He would be an other.
(d) He would have to confront his true self.

6. What does Bataille use as evidence of his position on dialectics?
(a) It is a law made by interested people trying to hide their interests.
(b) It cannot explain the growth from child to adult.
(c) It does not account for avarice in the proletariat.
(d) It underestimates the value of aesthetics.

7. What does Bataille say Nietzsche questions?
(a) How an ideology can be invented.
(b) How an ideal can be discovered in the past.
(c) How a people's technology can be fulfilled.
(d) How a people's spirit can be expressed.

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

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

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

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

12. What does the homogeneous part of society purchase?
(a) Production.
(b) Unions.
(c) Capital.
(d) Workers.

13. What are the two classes Bataille divides consumption into?
(a) Sacrificial consumption and gift consumption.
(b) Conservation of life and productive activity.
(c) Conspicuous consumption and invisible consumption.
(d) Productive consumption and wasteful consumption.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does Bataille NOT use as an example of unproductive expenditure without value beyond itself?

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

3. What does Bataille say poor people cannot stop rich people from doing?

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

5. What feeling does Bataille say grows in response to revolutionaries?

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