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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Freud say we will never overcome?
(a) Society.
(b) Ourselves.
(c) Language.
(d) Nature.

2. What does Freud say happens to things that are formed in the mind?
(a) They disappear if they are not recalled.
(b) They naturally disappear in time.
(c) They become specters.
(d) They never vanish.

3. What does Freud say was the “most maiming wound ever inflicted throughout the ages on the erotic life of man”?
(a) The taboo on incest.
(b) The taboo on endogamy.
(c) The taboo on exogamy.
(d) The taboo on bestiality.

4. What was the social consequence of this realization?
(a) Men started to subjugate women.
(b) Men started to make offerings to gods.
(c) Clans started to fight each other.
(d) Men started to work together.

5. What word does Freud use to characterize his friend’s religious feeling?
(a) Nauseating.
(b) Laughable.
(c) Absurd.
(d) Oceanic.

6. Which of the following is NOT one of the “palliative remedies” men seek out in order to assuage the difficulty of life?
(a) Intoxicating substances.
(b) Meditation and mysticism.
(c) Powerful diversions of interest.
(d) Substitutive gratifications.

7. When can a feeling be a source of energy, according to Freud?
(a) When it originates in pure intuition.
(b) When it is motivated by religious intuition.
(c) When it originates in a powerful need.
(d) When it comes from an external source.

8. How else does Freud’s friend characterize religion?
(a) A mathematical certainty.
(b) A purely personal experience.
(c) A transcendent, unbounded experience.
(d) An impersonal, out-of-body experience.

9. What does Freud say is the standard for sexual life in a civilization?
(a) It must police arbitrary boundaries about sexual behavior.
(b) It must be the same for all.
(c) It must acknowledge every variety.
(d) It must be enforced public rules in private.

10. When does fate lose its power over men, according to Freud?
(a) When man takes pleasure from religious feelings.
(b) When man takes pleasure from mental work.
(c) When man takes physical pleasure from his environment.
(d) When man takes pleasure from self-renunciation.

11. What does Freud say about the question of what meaning life has?
(a) That few men have the education to understand the answer.
(b) That the answer is so simple it will never be believed.
(c) That most answers are really a form of dodging the question.
(d) That it has never been satisfactorily answered.

12. What does Freud’s friend say he wishes Freud appreciated more fully?
(a) The source of religious sentiments.
(b) The reality of myths and gods.
(c) Man’s ability to invent his gods.
(d) The danger of disbelief.

13. What is the second purpose civilization serves, in Freud's account?
(a) Making it possible to improve medical science.
(b) Liberating man from the shackles of nature.
(c) Regulating relations between men.
(d) Reducing ignorance and prejudice.

14. How does Freud say “extra-genital forms of satisfaction” are “interdicted”?
(a) As taboos.
(b) As crimes.
(c) As sins.
(d) As perversions.

15. What feature of culture characterizes it better than any other, according to Freud?
(a) The ability to efficiently control the masses.
(b) The ability to exploit natural resources.
(c) The capacity for empathy and feeling.
(d) The emphasis on intellectual activities.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Freud say is the first requirement of civilization?

2. How does Freud characterize women’s influence on civilization?

3. What does Freud say is the highest state of mind deemed capable for man?

4. What does Freud say is the business of women?

5. What further restriction does Freud say civilization imposes on sexual life?

(see the answer keys)

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