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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 does Bataille say about the knife whose handle and blade are changed indefinitely?
(a) It is a modern knife, with replaceable parts.
(b) It partakes of the eternal form of knife-ness.
(c) It is a capitalist knife, with its value in its use alone.
(d) It is no longer the same knife.

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

3. What does the homogeneous part of society purchase?
(a) Production.
(b) Capital.
(c) Workers.
(d) Unions.

4. What creatures' 'being' does Bataille compare in "The Labyrinth"?
(a) Bird and dog.
(b) Dog and sponge.
(c) Man and dog.
(d) Snake and sponge.

5. Why is classical utility theory inadequate, in Bataille's opinion?
(a) Utility theory relies on principles like honor and duty.
(b) Utility theory mystifies economics with talk of revolution.
(c) Utility theory disregards values like honor and virtue.
(d) Utility theory is not compatible with the Marxist imperative of class revolution.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does an obelisk cease to be meaningful?

2. What circumstances must be in place for the science function to be served, in Bataille's account in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

3. What does Bataille say Nietzsche questions?

4. What did Hegel claim about nature?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is fascism's relationship with homo- and heterogeneity?

2. Briefly describe the theory of conspicuous consumption.

3. What does contemporary society offer men in "The Sacred Conspiracy", and what does man demand for himself?

4. How does Bataille describe the individual in "The College of Sociology"?

5. What is Bataille's theme in "The Labyrinth"?

6. Describe Bataille's notion of potlatch.

7. How does Bataille reconcile the opposition between self and world in "Sacrifices"?

8. How does Alfred Rosenberg clarify the issue of Nietzsche's relationship with the Fascists?

9. How do Fascists define God, in Bataille's account in "Propositions"?

10. What does Bataille see as the value of Christianity of in "The Notion of Expenditure"?

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