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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Bataille say is analogous to the maternal breast?
(a) Death.
(b) Love.
(c) Technology.
(d) Society.

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

4. What did Bataille intend to define "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?
(a) Dialectic limits.
(b) Dialectic philosophy.
(c) Dialectic politics.
(d) Dialectic aesthetics.

5. What does Bataille say democracy is based on?
(a) A weak opposition.
(b) Open debate.
(c) Free speech.
(d) Free elections.

6. What was Nietzsche's relationship with fascism, in Bataille's account?
(a) He was opposed to political parties.
(b) He was active in opposition to it.
(c) He was active in support of it.
(d) He claimed to be a prophet of a culture of power.

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

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

9. What does Bataille describe as the result of individuals asking critical questions, in "Nietzschean Chronicle"?
(a) Religious persecution.
(b) The development of high society.
(c) The emergence of civilization.
(d) Decomposition of civilization.

10. What was the essay "Sacrifices" used as?
(a) As a preface.
(b) A personal essay.
(c) A review.
(d) A criticism.

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

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

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

14. 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 is no longer the same knife.
(c) It partakes of the eternal form of knife-ness.
(d) It is a capitalist knife, with its value in its use alone.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does homogeneity depend on?

4. With whose picture does Bataille say Nietzsche's picture was paired?

5. What are the two forms of heterogeneity Bataille introduces in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?

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