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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 not grounded in political science.
(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 only applicable in certain cases.

2. How is the question of 'what exists compared to what appears' resolved, in "Sacrifices"?
(a) By answering what is required to exist for moral value.
(b) By accepting the duality of latent and manifest action.
(c) By moving beyond questions of present and past.
(d) By unraveling the mystery of language.

3. What did Bataille and Andre Masson dream about as Bataille was writing "The Labyrinth"?
(a) A dream they could not own.
(b) A dream they were setting to music.
(c) A dream they were expressing in drawings.
(d) An obscene dream they could never publish.

4. What does Bataille say would result from a difference of events in his experience?
(a) He would have to confront his true self.
(b) He would reveal his alter-ego.
(c) He would be at war with himself.
(d) He would be an other.

5. Who developed the theory of conspicuous consumption?
(a) Karl Marx.
(b) Thorstein Veblen.
(c) Max Weber.
(d) John Dewey.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bataille say poor people cannot stop rich people from doing?

2. Where does fascism originate?

3. What movement does Bataille say in "The Sacred" was heir to Vincent Van Gogh and Rimbaud?

4. What does Bataille say man demanded of the earth?

5. What does Bataille say about a man who knows his neighbors?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 interpretation of Veblen's theory of conspicuous consumption?

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

7. How does a man find himself in "The Labyrinth"?

8. Summarize Nicolai Hartmann's interpretation of Hegel.

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

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

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