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 the homogeneous part of society purchase?

2. Under whom does fascism unite society, in Bataille's account?

3. What does Bataille say money measures, in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?

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

5. What does Bataille say poor people cannot stop rich people from doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does the artist give meaning in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bataille valued revolutionary concepts from Marx and Hegel, but when the National Socialists came to power in Germany, he organized the Popular Front to oppose it. Characterize Bataille's desire for revolution, in art, in culture, and in European politics.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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