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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is the question of 'what exists compared to what appears' resolved, in "Sacrifices"?
(a) By unraveling the mystery of language.
(b) By moving beyond questions of present and past.
(c) By accepting the duality of latent and manifest action.
(d) By answering what is required to exist for moral value.

6. What does Baumler call revolution?
(a) Social engineering.
(b) Awareness of the future.
(c) Renewal of the past.
(d) Rebellion against modernity.

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

8. What type of men's 'being' does Bataille compare in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) An important man and a wanderer.
(b) A man and a woman.
(c) A worker and a sovereign.
(d) A worker and a store-keeper.

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

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

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

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

13. How does bourgeois society enslave and degrade poor men, in Bataille's opinion?
(a) By preventing them getting medical attention.
(b) By keeping them poor.
(c) By forcing them to compete with machines.
(d) By showering them with goods.

14. What does Bataille say Nietzschean pride comes from?
(a) Life's disintegration and the will to power.
(b) The need for individuality in times when individuality is impossible.
(c) The desire for personal power but not for social power.
(d) The power of language and the chaos of experience.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What creatures' 'being' does Bataille compare in "The Labyrinth"?

2. What circumstances must be in place for the science function to be served, in Bataille's account in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

3. What does Bataille say dominates history in "Popular Front in the Street"?

4. What does homogeneity depend on?

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

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