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. When does an obelisk cease to be meaningful?

2. What does Baumler call revolution?

3. What does Bataille say about meaning in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

4. What is classical utility theory inadequate to define, in Bataille's opinion?

5. What does Bataille's 'me in the void' realize in "Sacrifices"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Bataille's notion of potlatch.

7. Summarize Nicolai Hartmann's interpretation of Hegel.

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

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 is often revolutionary in his claims and expressions. What would a Bataille revolution look like? Would there be leaders, or would it be anarchy? Based on the text, speculate on the outcome of a revolution based on Bataille's work.

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

Describe the role and importance of creativity in Bataille's thinking about art and politics.

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