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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. How does Bataille describe producing and selling in "The Use Value of D. A. F. de Sade"?
(a) As primitive phases.
(b) As excretory phases.
(c) As revolutionary phases.
(d) As consumptive phases.

2. Where does Bataille recall riding his bicycle in Reims, in "[Dream]"?
(a) On the beach.
(b) Through the streets.
(c) In the schoolyard.
(d) In his house.

3. How would you describe the images Bataille presents?
(a) Nonsensical.
(b) Cumulative.
(c) Incongruous.
(d) Complementary.

4. What does Bataille say was the driving force beneath his heterodox theory?
(a) Obsession with excrement.
(b) Obsession with priests.
(c) Oedipal terror.
(d) Homoerotic terror.

5. What two stances did Bataille combine?
(a) Merging and independence of men and women.
(b) Fulfillment and hollowing of man.
(c) Elevation and desecration of man.
(d) Sacrilege and holiness of religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Sacrificial Mutilation and the Severed Ear of Vincent Van Gogh", how long does Bataille say it took Van Gogh to paint suns after his self-mutilation?

2. Why was Bataille annoyed while riding his bicycle?

3. What did "Acephale" primarily consist of?

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

5. What does Bataille remember his father spanking him with in "[Dream]"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of essay is "Formless"?

2. Describe the importance of myth in Bataille's writing and thinking.

3. What does Bataille say about surrealism in "The 'Old Mole' and the Prefix Sur in the Words Surhomme [Superman] and Surrealist"?

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

5. What was Bataille's involvement with "Acephale"?

6. Describe the change in Bataille's early work to his more mature work and values.

7. What was Bataille's objection to Nietzsche?

8. Describe Bataille's schooling.

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

10. What are the terrifying images in "[Dream]"?

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