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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What results from acting in specialized areas, in Bataille's opinion in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) Man conquers the universe in its details.
(b) Man is impoverished.
(c) Man loses his innocence.
(d) Man becomes a specialist.

3. What did Hegel claim about nature?
(a) That it was motivated by the Oversoul.
(b) That it contained the world-spirit.
(c) That it was the human soul externalized.
(d) That it was unreasonable.

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

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

6. What was Nietzsche's life dominated by, in Bataille's account?
(a) Stifled affection for a woman.
(b) Aggression toward the social world.
(c) Obsession with a lost world.
(d) Puzzles in which he could see the nature of society.

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

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

9. What does Bataille describe as the only truly liberating act?
(a) Revolutionary destruction.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Lovemaking.
(d) Art.

10. Which of the following is one of the directions recomposition of society can take?
(a) Liberating myths.
(b) Decomposing bureaucracy.
(c) Nihilism.
(d) Technological dictatorship.

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

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

13. What happens when political action leads to nothing, in "The Sacred Conspiracy"?
(a) The government will dissolve.
(b) Enthusiasm meets a void.
(c) New political parties will form.
(d) The people will revolt.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the significance of the obelisk in "The Obelisk"?

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

3. Why is classical utility theory inadequate, in Bataille's opinion?

4. What is the significance of the image of the labyrinth in the "The Labyrinth"?

5. What does Bataille say the theory of conspicuous consumption is used for?

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