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. How do men express their 'being', in "The Labyrinth"?

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

3. What did Hegel claim about nature?

4. Who is the audience for "The Practice of Joy before Death"?

5. Who developed the theory of conspicuous consumption?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does contemporary society offer men in "The Sacred Conspiracy", and what does man demand for himself?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Bataille's political stance. What parties did he support in his day? What parties or policies would he likely support today?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Research Andre Breton's personality and his effect on surrealism, and assess the value of the proposition that Bataille was better off with Breton as an enemy than he would have been with him as a friend.

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