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 did professor Hartmann dispute about the treatment of the Marx/Hegel dialectic?

2. What was the purpose of the Popular Front, in Bataille's account?

3. What circumstances must be in place for the science function to be served, in Bataille's account in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

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

5. How did fascists see Nietzsche?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does a man find himself in "The Labyrinth"?

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

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

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

6. How does Bataille describe the individual in "The College of Sociology"?

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

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

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

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

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

Describe the importance of Nietzsche's ideas and writing in Bataille's work--what did Bataille say by referring to Nietzsche's work?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways is Bataille a sacrificial victim? Analyze his essays where sacrifices appear, in addition to the essays where he talks about his role as an author, and describe him as either the sacrificing priest or the sacrificial victim himself.

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