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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 represents the aristocratic self.
(c) A leader who identifies with the state.
(d) A leader who identifies with the individual everyman.

3. What is the significance of the image of the labyrinth in the "The Labyrinth"?
(a) It represents the deadly stakes in self-knowledge.
(b) It is a metaphor for social existence.
(c) It is a metaphor for being.
(d) It is a symbol of man's inner state.

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

5. 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 has dominion over everything.
(d) That he doesn't exist.

6. 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.

7. 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 relies on principles like honor and duty.
(d) Utility theory disregards values like honor and virtue.

8. What does Bataille say dominates history in "Popular Front in the Street"?
(a) Democracies.
(b) Revolutions.
(c) Fascists.
(d) Technologies.

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

10. Who is the audience for "The Practice of Joy before Death"?
(a) Those who believe in man's innate divinity.
(b) The Catholic Church.
(c) Those who are ill.
(d) Those who believe in no beyond.

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

12. What does Bataille describe as the only truly liberating act?
(a) Lovemaking.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Art.
(d) Revolutionary destruction.

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

14. What does Bataille say profit leads to, in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) Degradation.
(b) Purgatory.
(c) Illumination.
(d) Salvation.

15. What did Bataille and Andre Masson dream about as Bataille was writing "The Labyrinth"?
(a) A dream they were expressing in drawings.
(b) A dream they were setting to music.
(c) An obscene dream they could never publish.
(d) A dream they could not own.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Nietzsche's life dominated by, in Bataille's account?

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

3. What does Bataille say poor people cannot stop rich people from doing?

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

5. Which of the following does Bataille NOT use as an example of unproductive expenditure without value beyond itself?

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