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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What was Bataille summing up in his "Propositions"?
(a) His thoughts on modern culture.
(b) His thoughts on the death of God.
(c) His thoughts on sex and perversity in modern life.
(d) His thoughts on Nietzschean metaphysics.

3. What does Bataille say is the contradiction in Christians worshiping God?
(a) They only go to church one day a week, but work the other six in profane employments.
(b) They keep the poor down while their worship exalts them.
(c) They hold people to scripture in private life but not in the marketplace.
(d) They elevate God's power, but claim it for themselves alone.

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

5. What tone did Andre Masson establish in his drawings?
(a) Biological-cosmological.
(b) Orgastic-ashen.
(c) Ashen-biological.
(d) Cosmological-orgiastic.

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

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

8. 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 in peace.
(c) When it is dying in freedom.
(d) When it is dying by violence.

9. 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.

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

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

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

13. When does being become undefined, according to Bataille?
(a) When it is discovered in another.
(b) When it is projected on an unworthy object.
(c) When it is projected beyond itself.
(d) When it is drawn from imagination.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the homogeneous part of society purchase?

2. What was the purpose of the Popular Front, in Bataille's account?

3. What happens when political action leads to nothing, in "The Sacred Conspiracy"?

4. What does Bataille say the world offers modern man to love?

5. How did Engels and Hartmann differ on the tenets of Hegel's "Philosophy of Nature"?

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