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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Freud characterize writing?
(a) As a record of God's thoughts.
(b) As a manifestation of the unconscious.
(c) As an exteriorization of the inner voice.
(d) As an externalization of the voice of the absent.

2. What quality does Freud say characterizes religion’s explanations?
(a) Theoretical implausibility.
(b) Laughable incompleteness.
(c) Freedom from ever being proved.
(d) Enviable completeness.

3. How does Freud characterize the aim of the modified sex instinct, in people who find happiness along the path of love?
(a) A fulfilled aim.
(b) A transcendent aim.
(c) An inhibited aim.
(d) A manifest aim.

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

5. What does Freud say society’s principal endeavor is?
(a) To bind people in groups.
(b) To control territory in common.
(c) To provide for protection.
(d) To preserve individual freedoms.

6. How does Freud say his friend experiences religion?
(a) As a feeling of floating.
(b) As a feeling of being cared for.
(c) As a feeling of eternity.
(d) As a feeling of being swindled.

7. What does Freud say about his friend’s religious feeling?
(a) He has known it in moments.
(b) He cannot find it in himself.
(c) He has seen it in others.
(d) He knows it from his reading.

8. What does Freud say is the first act of civilization?
(a) The use of art.
(b) The use of tools.
(c) The use of prayer.
(d) The use of language.

9. What does Freud say about the adult ego?
(a) That its development is inexplicable without religion.
(b) That it could not have been in the same state always.
(c) That its development is still not accounted for.
(d) That it was probably intact, even in the child.

10. Why does Freud say people are hostile toward civilization?
(a) Because it makes promises it cannot fulfill.
(b) Because it is an obstacle to religion.
(c) Because it is imposed from without.
(d) Because it is antagonistic to nature.

11. Which of the following is NOT one of the advantages of civilization, in Freud's account?
(a) The regulation of sexual desire.
(b) The development of communications technologies.
(c) The exploitation of minerals.
(d) The regulation of rivers.

12. 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 never vanish.
(d) They become specters.

13. What does the infant fail to understand about the milk it receives from the breast?
(a) Whether it is renewable or finite.
(b) Whether it comes from within or from without.
(c) Why the mother would want to offer it to the infant
(d) Whether it was a punishment or a gift.

14. Who does Freud say we act like, when we substitute a wish-fulfillment for an unbearable aspect of the world?
(a) The pathological liar.
(b) The artist.
(c) The schizophrenic.
(d) The paranoiac.

15. What does Freud say people wrongly think they want?
(a) Healthy adjustment to their environment.
(b) Inner peace and spiritual development.
(c) Power and success.
(d) Control over the people around them.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Freud characterize the law culture has to obey through each of its members?

2. What does Freud say civilization could not survive without?

3. What does Freud say people undervalue?

4. What does Freud say men seek in their lives?

5. What do we expect labor to be devoted to, in a civilized country, according to Freud?

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