Marxist IQ: Marxism and culture

October 18, 2021
Marxist IQ: Marxism and culture


1. Marxists, unlike defenders of capitalism, analyze culture as

a. understandable in terms of box office receipts.
b. understandable as the achievements of great artists.
c. understandable in terms of class relations and struggle.
d. something that is totally subjective.


2. Marxists in socialist countries sought to encourage art and culture based on principles known as

a. modernism.
b. social realism.
c. magical realism.
d. postmodernism.


3. In the 1930s, Communists and others on the left as they fought to build unions of cultural workers in the United States established a cultural journal. What was the title?

a. The New Republic
b. The New Criterion
c. The New York Review of Books
d. The New Masses


4. Although this is largely ignored in the media of capitalist countries, many artists associated with great achievements in the arts have been members of and/or closely associated with Communist parties. Who fits this description?

a. Spanish abstract artist Pablo Picasso
b. German playwright Bertolt Brecht
c. American actor-singer-ethnomusicologist Paul Robeson
d. All of the above


5. For Marxists and Communists, the ideal of a “people’s democratic culture” means

a. a culture that reflects the political positions of Communists.
b. a culture that working people create, participate in, and have free access to.
c. a culture where the value of work is determined by sales and ratings.
d. a culture which is radical and “far out.”

Answers  here.





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