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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Bataille describe in "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?
(a) How Marx's dialectic method was critiqued.
(b) How Hegel's dialectic method inspired revolutions.
(c) How Marx's dialectic method was developed.
(d) How Marx's dialectic method was misinterpreted.

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

4. 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 individual everyman.
(c) A leader who identifies with the state.
(d) A leader who represents the lower common denominator of society.

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

6. What feeling does Bataille say grows in response to revolutionaries?
(a) Faith.
(b) Disillusionment.
(c) Distrust.
(d) Messianism.

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

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

9. What does Bataille say would result from a difference of events in his experience?
(a) He would be at war with himself.
(b) He would be an other.
(c) He would have to confront his true self.
(d) He would reveal his alter-ego.

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

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

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

13. What does Bataille say scientists said about the dialectic?
(a) It was incompatible with science.
(b) It was the one true science.
(c) It was a matter of faith.
(d) It was demonstrated in evolution.

14. 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 worker and a sovereign.
(d) A man and a woman.

15. What does Bataille say man demanded of the earth?
(a) Answers.
(b) Productivity on the earth.
(c) Necessity above the universe.
(d) Consolation below the earth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Bataille say can never touch the reality of earth?

2. Who developed the theory of conspicuous consumption?

3. What does Bataille describe as the result of individuals asking critical questions, in "Nietzschean Chronicle"?

4. What does Bataille say the theory of conspicuous consumption is used for?

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

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