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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 did professor Hartmann dispute about the treatment of the Marx/Hegel dialectic?
(a) He objects that it is only applicable in certain cases.
(b) He objects that it is not a law of reality.
(c) He objects that it is based on pseudo-science.
(d) He objects that it is not grounded in political science.

2. What does Bataille say Nietzschean pride comes from?
(a) The desire for personal power but not for social power.
(b) Life's disintegration and the will to power.
(c) The need for individuality in times when individuality is impossible.
(d) The power of language and the chaos of experience.

3. What is classical utility theory inadequate to define, in Bataille's opinion?
(a) What is aesthetically valuable.
(b) The value of religious belief.
(c) What is useful to man.
(d) The value of tranquility.

4. What does Bataille say the theory of conspicuous consumption is used for?
(a) Giving the poor opportunities.
(b) Melting different cultures together in America.
(c) Preserving segregation between rich and poor.
(d) Keeping the poor weak.

5. What was the essay "Sacrifices" used as?
(a) A criticism.
(b) A review.
(c) A personal essay.
(d) As a preface.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of men's 'being' does Bataille compare in "The Labyrinth"?

2. What approaches to Hegel's philosophy did Nicolai Hartmann compare?

3. What does Bataille describe as a symptom of cultural crisis?

4. What does Bataille say Nietzsche questions?

5. From what does Bataille say Alfred Baumler distilled a doctrine of the people's will to power?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Bataille's notion of potlatch.

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

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

6. What is the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous culture as Bataille defines them in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?

7. How does Andre Masson create the tone of the drawings in the book for which Bataille wrote a preface?

8. What aspect of Nietzsche's philosophy did the Fascists appropriate, in Bataille's account in "Nietzsche and the Fascists"?

9. When does Bataille date the origin of the Popular Front to?

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

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