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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. How did Bataille relate to Andre Masson's drawings?
(a) He saw himself as the self in flight.
(b) He saw himself as the sick man.
(c) He saw himself as the entire cosmos.
(d) He saw himself as the lines and the paper themselves.

2. What was Mussolini's relationship with Nietzsche?
(a) He named him as one of his inspirations.
(b) He did not cite his influence on fascism.
(c) He claimed him as an ancestor.
(d) He refuted his arguments.

3. How did Engels and Hartmann differ on the tenets of Hegel's "Philosophy of Nature"?
(a) Engels believed them, but Hartmann was indifferent.
(b) Engels did not believe them, but Hartmann did.
(c) Engels was indifferent to them, but Hartmann did not believe them.
(d) Engels believed them, but Hartmann did not.

4. What does Bataille describe as the only truly liberating act?
(a) Revolutionary destruction.
(b) Lovemaking.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Art.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the significance of the obelisk in "The Obelisk"?

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

3. What is classical utility theory inadequate to define, in Bataille's opinion?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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