Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939 Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did fascism use Nietzsche's writing to oppose?

3. What does Bataille say about the knife whose handle and blade are changed indefinitely?

4. What did Hegel claim about nature?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize Nicolai Hartmann's interpretation of Hegel.

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

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

4. Briefly describe the theory of conspicuous consumption.

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Bataille describe the individual in "The College of Sociology"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Assess the value of Andre Breton's claim that Bataille was an 'excremental philosopher'. Is this a fair characterization of Bataille's work, or is Breton missing the point?

Essay Topic 2

What exactly is it that Bataille wants people to see about reality and human experience? Describe the value of pornographic or chaotic or revolutionary things in Bataille's work.

Essay Topic 3

Bataille aligned himself with Catholicism before he broke with it as a young man--but what religion can we interpolate from Bataille's writing? Analyze his writings and describe the religion or lack of religion in Bataille's writing.

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