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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the subject of Bataille's first pamphlet?
(a) Praise of his mother.
(b) Praise of Cathedral Notre Dame des Reims.
(c) Criticism of his father.
(d) Criticism of his religion.

2. How did Leiris portray Bataille to Breton?
(a) As a genius.
(b) As a pornographer.
(c) As obsessed.
(d) As a prophet.

3. How does Bataille describe his father?
(a) Frequently ill and mentally unstable.
(b) Blind, paralytic and syphilitic.
(c) Depressed and alcoholic.
(d) Financially secure.

4. What claim does Bataille discuss in "The Deviations of Nature"?
(a) That nothing is more horrifying that carnival freaks.
(b) That nothing is more horrifying than man.
(c) That nothing is more horrifying than snakes.
(d) That nothing is more horrifying than rats at carnivals.

5. When did Bataille deny his faith?
(a) 1911.
(b) 1920.
(c) 1913.
(d) 1919.

Short Answer Questions

1. What paradoxical action does Bataille describe in "Materialism"?

2. What flower is Marquis de Sade plucking petals off, at the end of "The Language of Flowers"?

3. Whom did Bataille join with to form the Popular Front?

4. What feeling does Bataille exaggerate in "The Lugubrious Game"?

5. What do flowers witness, in "The Language of Flowers"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What claim did Bataille make in "The Lugubrious Game"?

2. Explain the title of the essay "The Use Value of D. A. F. de Sade".

3. Describe Bataille's schooling.

4. What experience does Bataille elevate in "Rotten Sun"?

5. What type of essay is "Formless"?

6. How does self-mutilation in "Sacrificial Mutilation and the Severed Ear of Vincent Van Gogh" relate to Bataille's description of body parts in other essays.

7. What distinguished the big toe in "The Big Toe"?

8. How would you characterize Bataille's thoughts on society and economy?

9. What examples does Bataille cite to illustrate the horror of the eye's vulnerability?

10. Describe Bataille's birth and family origins.

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