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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the purpose of the Popular Front, in Bataille's account?
(a) To overthrow the Vichy government.
(b) To oppose fascism in France.
(c) To oppose immigrants in France.
(d) To oppose Hitler.

2. What does Bataille describe in "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?
(a) How Marx's dialectic method was misinterpreted.
(b) How Marx's dialectic method was developed.
(c) How Hegel's dialectic method inspired revolutions.
(d) How Marx's dialectic method was critiqued.

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

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

5. What does Bataille say the theory of conspicuous consumption is used for?
(a) Keeping the poor weak.
(b) Preserving segregation between rich and poor.
(c) Giving the poor opportunities.
(d) Melting different cultures together in America.

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

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

8. 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) An important man and a wanderer.
(d) A worker and a sovereign.

9. What value does money articulate for workers?
(a) The value of their ideas.
(b) The value of what they produce.
(c) The value of their status.
(d) The value of their personal worth.

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

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

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

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Bataille say Nietzsche questions?

3. What was Mussolini's relationship with Nietzsche?

4. What was the essay "Sacrifices" used as?

5. How does bourgeois society enslave and degrade poor men, in Bataille's opinion?

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