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. Where did Engels look for examples to test the dialectic method of Marx and Hegel?

2. What does Bataille use as evidence of his position on dialectics?

3. What does homogeneity depend on?

4. What did Hegel claim about nature?

5. What did Bataille and Andre Masson dream about as Bataille was writing "The Labyrinth"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Bataille's notion of potlatch.

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

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

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

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

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

8. What do Masson's drawing symbolize for Bataille?

9. What is the essence of Bataille's essay "The Practice of Joy before Death"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Assess the claim that Bataille's thinking cannot be reduced to a particular theme or set of values. What is the role of multiplicity and contradiction in Bataille's writing?

Essay Topic 2

Which does Bataille consider more horrifying, freaks, or violence to eyeballs? Describe what Bataille sees as horrific about these concepts and experiences.

Essay Topic 3

Assess Bataille's place in the rank of surrealists--In what ways is he a surrealist, and in what ways does his art exceed or fail to live up to surrealism?

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