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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 dominates history in "Popular Front in the Street"?
(a) Democracies.
(b) Revolutions.
(c) Technologies.
(d) Fascists.

2. What are the two classes Bataille divides consumption into?
(a) Conservation of life and productive activity.
(b) Productive consumption and wasteful consumption.
(c) Conspicuous consumption and invisible consumption.
(d) Sacrificial consumption and gift consumption.

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

4. What kinds of expenditure does artistic production require?
(a) Patron or market expenditure.
(b) Real or symbolic expenditure.
(c) Public or patron expenditure.
(d) Religious or secular expenditure.

5. 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 is no longer the same knife.
(c) It partakes of the eternal form of knife-ness.
(d) It is a capitalist knife, with its value in its use alone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bataille say Nietzschean pride comes from?

2. What does Bataille say pyramids ensure?

3. Who developed the theory of conspicuous consumption?

4. How did Andre Masson establish the tone of his book of drawings?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Bataille's interpretation of Veblen's theory of conspicuous consumption?

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

4. How does the artist give meaning in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

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

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

7. Judging by "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic" and his other essays, what does Bataille see as the value of dialectics?

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

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

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

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