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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 homogeneity depend on?
(a) Continual revolution.
(b) Owners keeping the workers down.
(c) A productive system.
(d) Workers owning the means of production.

2. Where did Engels look for examples to test the dialectic method of Marx and Hegel?
(a) Religion.
(b) Lived experience.
(c) Politics.
(d) Nature.

3. What does Bataille say is the only religion for fascists?
(a) Technology.
(b) Power.
(c) Race.
(d) Christianity.

4. What feeling does Bataille say grows in response to revolutionaries?
(a) Distrust.
(b) Faith.
(c) Messianism.
(d) Disillusionment.

5. What does Bataille say is the contradiction in Christians worshiping God?
(a) They keep the poor down while their worship exalts them.
(b) They only go to church one day a week, but work the other six in profane employments.
(c) They elevate God's power, but claim it for themselves alone.
(d) They hold people to scripture in private life but not in the marketplace.

Short Answer Questions

1. What creatures' 'being' does Bataille compare in "The Labyrinth"?

2. What is the significance of the image of the labyrinth in the "The Labyrinth"?

3. What does Bataille say profit leads to, in "The Labyrinth"?

4. What does Bataille say is analogous to the maternal breast?

5. What did Bataille intend to define "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Briefly describe the theory of conspicuous consumption.

3. How does Bataille portray Engels' interpretation of Hegel's philosophy in "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?

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

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

6. What is the importance of the obelisk in "The Obelisk"?

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

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

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

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

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