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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What creatures' 'being' does Bataille compare in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) Man and dog.
(b) Dog and sponge.
(c) Snake and sponge.
(d) Bird and dog.

5. What are the two forms of heterogeneity Bataille introduces in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?
(a) The bourgeois merchant and the Jewish banker.
(b) The policeman and the drunkard.
(c) The Marxist revolution and the capitalist marketplace.
(d) The sovereign and the worker.

6. What movement does Bataille say in "The Sacred" was heir to Vincent Van Gogh and Rimbaud?
(a) Dadaism.
(b) Cubism.
(c) Surrealism.
(d) Transcendentalism.

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

8. What does Bataille say about meaning in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?
(a) Things can only have meaning if there is a consensus about them.
(b) Things can only have meaning if they motivate actions.
(c) Things cannot have meaning unless they are historical realities.
(d) Things can only have meaning when they are fictitious.

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

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

11. What is the significance of the obelisk in "The Obelisk"?
(a) It represents the ruling party.
(b) It represents captured glory.
(c) It organizes space by looming over it.
(d) It stands for the sovereign.

12. When does an obelisk cease to be meaningful?
(a) When the people have more important needs.
(b) As soon as the authority it symbolizes becomes conscious.
(c) When the political party that built it is voted out.
(d) When the military leader who erected it dies.

13. What circumstances must be in place for the science function to be served, in Bataille's account in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?
(a) Profit must be part of the goal.
(b) Religion must be referred to in its sense of its goals.
(c) It must serve someone's sense of power.
(d) Science must be the only goal.

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

15. Whom does Bataille say can never touch the reality of earth?
(a) Those who do not understand it.
(b) Capitalists.
(c) Fascists.
(d) Those who exploit the earth for profit.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did fascists see Nietzsche?

2. What does Bataille use as evidence of his position on dialectics?

3. What does the homogeneous part of society purchase?

4. What does Bataille's 'me in the void' realize in "Sacrifices"?

5. What claim does Bataille make in "The Obelisk"?

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