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 was Nietzsche's life dominated by, in Bataille's account?

2. What was Bataille summing up in his "Propositions"?

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

4. When is the 'me' free to accept individuality and transcendence, in Bataille's opinion in "Sacrifices"?

5. What was the essay "Sacrifices" used as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do Fascists define God, in Bataille's account in "Propositions"?

5. Briefly describe the theory of conspicuous consumption.

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

7. Describe Bataille's notion of potlatch.

8. What is fascism's relationship with homo- and heterogeneity?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bataille uses the thoughts of Thorstein Veblen in "The Notion of Expenditure", but he is not merely following Veblen. What use does Bataille put Veblen's thoughts to, and how does Veblen's idea of conspicuous consumption fit into Bataille's overall value scheme?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Bataille's development as a person and as a writer over the course of his career. How did Bataille learn and grow? What were the primary questions or conflicts he grew by resolving?

Essay Topic 3

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

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