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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 tone did Andre Masson establish in his drawings?
(a) Biological-cosmological.
(b) Cosmological-orgiastic.
(c) Ashen-biological.
(d) Orgastic-ashen.

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

3. When is the 'me' free to accept individuality and transcendence, in Bataille's opinion in "Sacrifices"?
(a) When it is dying in freedom.
(b) When it is dying in religion.
(c) When it is dying in peace.
(d) When it is dying by violence.

4. What did fascism use Nietzsche's writing to oppose?
(a) The policies of Daladier.
(b) The view of the past being taught in German schools.
(c) The current political system.
(d) Sentimentalism.

5. What does Bataille define as a way to humiliate, defy, or obligate a poorer person as a show of destruction of wealth?
(a) Government subsidies.
(b) Welfare.
(c) Potlatch.
(d) Public Assistance.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bataille say about the knife whose handle and blade are changed indefinitely?

2. Who developed the theory of conspicuous consumption?

3. When does being become undefined, according to Bataille?

4. What aspect of the Marx/Hegel dialectic did professor Hartmann test?

5. Under whom does fascism unite society, in Bataille's account?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Masson's drawing symbolize for Bataille?

2. What flaw does Bataille identify in dialectic philosophy in "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?

3. How did Nietzsche respond to the decay of his culture, according to Bataille's essay "Nietzschean Chronicle"?

4. What does Bataille say is the only true liberating act, in "Propositions"?

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

6. What pattern for self-discovery does Bataille offer in "The Sacred"?

7. What will cause the death and resurrection of God, in Bataille's account in "Propositions"?

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

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

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

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