Test your Marxist IQ!

BY:Scott Hiley And Alvaro Rodriguez| May 31, 2017
Test your Marxist IQ!

In the 1970s, Marxist feminists launched the Wages for Housework movement, which demanded a wage, paid by capital, for all the labor involved in keeping wage workers ready to work:  cooking, cleaning, childbearing and rearing, etc.  What was their aim in demanding wages for housework?

a. To supplement the income of single-earner families

b. To give homemakers a sense of accomplishment and pride

c. To weaken capital by depriving it of unpaid labor

d. To end the sexual division of labor between home and factory

(Check your answer here.)

According to Marx’s “General Law of Capitalist Accumulation,” as capitalist firms grow…

a. the productivity of labor increases, and workers’ standard of living decreases.

b. the productivity of labor remains stable, but workers’ standard of living rises.

c. machines replace human labor, resulting in a shorter work day.

d. unemployment decreases, resulting in a rise in wages.

(Check your answer here.)

In the Marxist understanding of society, what is the State?

a. The state is an just an administrative organization independent of economic classes.

b. The state is a coercive and repressive force created to maintain the ruling class in power.

c. The state is a neutral body above classes and whose purpose is to keep the peace.

d. The state is a political organ created by a democratic process.

(Check your answer here.)

    Scott Hiley has taught French, literature, history, and philosophy at the high school, college, and post-graduate levels.  A member of CPUSA since 2010, he is active in struggles against austerity and for education justice and labor rights. His articles have appeared in the People's World (US), the Morning Star (UK), and l'Humanité (France). He lives in a rural town in upstate NY.

Comments (11)

Whale123 | September 11, 2018 at 3:04 PM

This is great!

Christianluvr2469420 | September 11, 2018 at 3:02 PM

Oh fiddle sticks! I totally bombed that test again! I need to go read more of the written works. Do any of y’all know if the Bible would help me with this test?

Brendarn Nooman | May 11, 2018 at 5:56 PM

Oh ok. yeah. oh. oh ok. ok. ohok. I guess i mean ok.

Pat Frazier | April 30, 2018 at 3:35 PM

For a person of my intellect, I managed to guess every question correctly in mere seconds. I suggest you make this pitiful display of a test a bit more difficult. I make algebra quizzes harder than this, and that is extremely easy. If you don’t understand mathematics you might as well be rotting away in the far reaches of this planet.

Donald T. | April 30, 2018 at 3:30 PM


Big Chris | April 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I don’t know.

Chick Weitz | April 26, 2018 at 5:42 PM

YOU HAVE TO MAKE THESE QUESTIONS HARDER I STARIGHT FLEXED ON ALL OF THEM! I WORK OUT EVERY SINGLE DAY AND PRAISE ALL COMMUNISM! DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH I RUN A DAY?! ALMOST 10 MILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE COMMUNISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry i just love communism

Joanne Hunters | April 26, 2018 at 5:38 PM

Quite unfortunately, I am much too senile to properly acquire the unerring remedy to these sophisticated inquiries.

David S. | June 05, 2017 at 10:42 PM

I got everything right. Years of propaganda in the former Soviet school system haven’t been wasted! Trying to forget, but can’t!

Ramchandran | May 31, 2017 at 2:57 AM

i got it right…except the first one…!

    Bluntcork Pillspire | April 26, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    nice goin’ friendo! i got only 2 correct but I’m working on the others. I’ll get it some day! hahahahahahahahahaha lmao

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