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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Bataille say about the knife whose handle and blade are changed indefinitely?
(a) It is no longer the same knife.
(b) It partakes of the eternal form of knife-ness.
(c) It is a capitalist knife, with its value in its use alone.
(d) It is a modern knife, with replaceable parts.
2. From what does Bataille say Alfred Baumler distilled a doctrine of the people's will to power?
(a) Nietzschean religion.
(b) Nietzschean politics.
(c) Nietzschean contradiction.
(d) Nietzschean metaphor.
3. What circumstances must be in place for the science function to be served, in Bataille's account in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?
(a) Science must be the only goal.
(b) Religion must be referred to in its sense of its goals.
(c) Profit must be part of the goal.
(d) It must serve someone's sense of power.
4. What does Bataille say pyramids ensure?
(a) The eternally egalitarian nature of death.
(b) Eternal life.
(c) Limitless sky on earth.
(d) Glory for the monarchs inside them.
5. What did professor Hartmann dispute about the treatment of the Marx/Hegel dialectic?
(a) He objects that it is not a law of reality.
(b) He objects that it is not grounded in political science.
(c) He objects that it is based on pseudo-science.
(d) He objects that it is only applicable in certain cases.
6. What did Hegel claim about nature?
(a) That it was the human soul externalized.
(b) That it was motivated by the Oversoul.
(c) That it contained the world-spirit.
(d) That it was unreasonable.
7. What does Bataille say about a man who knows his neighbors?
(a) He is larger than himself in his connection with an organic whole.
(b) He replaces his life with the life of the community.
(c) He is a particle connected by instability to an entangled whole.
(d) He maintains his place in society by a network of lies and half-truths.
8. What did Bataille intend to define "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?
(a) Dialectic limits.
(b) Dialectic politics.
(c) Dialectic aesthetics.
(d) Dialectic philosophy.
9. What creatures' 'being' does Bataille compare in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) Man and dog.
(b) Bird and dog.
(c) Snake and sponge.
(d) Dog and sponge.
10. Why is classical utility theory inadequate, in Bataille's opinion?
(a) Utility theory is not compatible with the Marxist imperative of class revolution.
(b) Utility theory mystifies economics with talk of revolution.
(c) Utility theory disregards values like honor and virtue.
(d) Utility theory relies on principles like honor and duty.
11. What does Bataille's 'me in the void' realize in "Sacrifices"?
(a) That he might have to create himself.
(b) That he has dominion over everything.
(c) That he doesn't exist.
(d) That he might cease to exist.
12. What is classical utility theory inadequate to define, in Bataille's opinion?
(a) The value of religious belief.
(b) The value of tranquility.
(c) What is useful to man.
(d) What is aesthetically valuable.
13. What aspect of the Marx/Hegel dialectic did professor Hartmann test?
(a) Diagnostic accuracy.
(c) Descriptive accuracy.
14. Which of the following is one of the directions recomposition of society can take?
(a) Liberating myths.
(c) Decomposing bureaucracy.
(d) Technological dictatorship.
15. How did Bataille relate to Andre Masson's drawings?
(a) He saw himself as the entire cosmos.
(b) He saw himself as the self in flight.
(c) He saw himself as the lines and the paper themselves.
(d) He saw himself as the sick man.
Short Answer Questions
1. How did fascists see Nietzsche?
2. What results from acting in specialized areas, in Bataille's opinion in "The Labyrinth"?
3. What movement does Bataille say in "The Sacred" was heir to Vincent Van Gogh and Rimbaud?
4. How does bourgeois society enslave and degrade poor men, in Bataille's opinion?
5. What was the purpose of the Popular Front, in Bataille's account?
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