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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Bataille relate to Andre Masson's drawings?
(a) He saw himself as the self in flight.
(b) He saw himself as the lines and the paper themselves.
(c) He saw himself as the entire cosmos.
(d) He saw himself as the sick man.

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

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

4. What does Bataille say about a man who knows his neighbors?
(a) He replaces his life with the life of the community.
(b) He is larger than himself in his connection with an organic whole.
(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.

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

6. What was Nietzsche's relationship with fascism, in Bataille's account?
(a) He was active in support of it.
(b) He claimed to be a prophet of a culture of power.
(c) He was opposed to political parties.
(d) He was active in opposition to it.

7. What kinds of expenditure does artistic production require?
(a) Religious or secular expenditure.
(b) Patron or market expenditure.
(c) Real or symbolic expenditure.
(d) Public or patron expenditure.

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

9. What does Bataille say is the only religion for fascists?
(a) Technology.
(b) Christianity.
(c) Race.
(d) Power.

10. What does Bataille describe as a symptom of cultural crisis?
(a) Technological incompetence.
(b) Outrageous profits.
(c) Administrative impudence.
(d) Bureaucratic regulation.

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

12. What happens when political action leads to nothing, in "The Sacred Conspiracy"?
(a) The government will dissolve.
(b) Enthusiasm meets a void.
(c) New political parties will form.
(d) The people will revolt.

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

14. What claim does Bataille make in "The Obelisk"?
(a) That nationalism is never carved in stone.
(b) That the past always has to be imported from elsewhere.
(c) That fascism is centered on the monuments it builds to itself.
(d) That there is no mystery in the world of spirit.

15. 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 only applicable in certain cases.
(d) He objects that it is based on pseudo-science.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did fascists see Nietzsche?

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

3. What does Bataille say pyramids ensure?

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

5. What does the cross demand, at the end of "Sacrifices"?

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