Karl Marx Multiple Choice

How much do you know about Karl Marx and his ideas?
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Last updated: February 24, 2022
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1. City where he spend his last decades.
New York
2. What did Marx think about the emergence of capitalism?
It was a progress compared to the previous feudalist system
It was the single worst event in human history to him
He didn't think capitalism emerged, but that it had always been there
3. Where would socialist societies first emerge, according to Marx?
Everywhere in the world at once
In highly advanced countries
In poor countries with oppressed populations
He believed that capitalism had to reach its pinnacle and destruct itself, paving the way for a new society.
4. Famous quote: "___ is the opioid of the people."
5. Major work
Das Kapital
Der Sozialismus
Die Kommune
6. Co-author of the "Communist Manifesto"
Ferdinand Lassale
August Bebel
Friedrich Engels
7. How did Marx envision an ideal work life to be?
Everyone should do as much factory work as possible
People should freely choose how, when, and what to work
After a revolution, the former bourgeoisie should do all the work
Shortened quote: "In communist society, each can hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner."
8. Quote: "History repeats itself, first as a tragedy, then as a ___".
9. What was Marx' role in the Russian Revolution?
He was one of its leaders, but was assassinated after Stalin's takeover
He had died long before it, but Lenin cited him as an influence
He remained in Western Europe and had little to do with it
10. What is "commodity fetishism"?
People treat commodities similarly to religious objects
Commodities are so important that people get turned on by them
Fetishism originally has nothing to do with sex. In religion, a fetish is an object which people attribute special powers to. Because of this belief, these objects actually gain power over people.
11. Marx was a materialist. What is the point of materialism?
Individuals are shaped by the "material world", i.e. society
Only material success is important in one's life
Only that which we can feel with our senses is real
12. Philosopher who substantially shaped Marx' view of history.
Immanuel Kant
Friedrich Nietzsche
G.W.F. Hegel
Hegel thought that he could predict history scientifically. Curiously, he inspired both far-left and far-right thinkers. Hegel himself believed that the Prussian state was already the logical end of history.
13. What is meant by "Alienation"?
Workers feel like cogs in a wheel and lose touch with their humanity
Too many immigrants destroy the economy
Level 75
Feb 21, 2022
I liked your description of commodity fetishism that appeared at the end of the quiz better than the correct option. Well done with these questions.
Level 72
Feb 21, 2022
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs". Going by that, the first answer to question 7 could be considered correct as well
Level 77
Feb 21, 2022
That’s what I thought, too. Working to one’s abilities is pretty much the same as working as much as possible, isn’t it?
Level 75
Feb 21, 2022
Alas, I can see that people no longer read The German Ideology! Who knew? There, Marx pretty famously wonders whether capital had not already developed the forces of production far enough that if they were in the hands of the majority, a major benefit might be a very short work day, allowing one "to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic." He certainly did not suggest anywhere that people ought to work as hard as possible.
Level 72
Feb 22, 2022
As hard as INDIVIDUALLY possible. Which doesn't mean breaking your back in a factory for 16 hours a day no matter what, but working according to your capabilities, same as everyone else. But yes, I've never read The German Ideology.
Level 48
Mar 22, 2024
Maybe try to actually read Marx instead of taking one of his quotes out of context and making assumptions about his theories.
Level 79
Feb 21, 2022
Very well-formed questions. I'd like to see more of this instructive kinds of quiz. Nominated
Level ∞
Feb 24, 2022
Great quiz!
Level 78
Feb 24, 2022
Thanks everyone for the feedback. I slightly changed the answer to question 7 to make it more obvious.