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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 the modified kind of love?
(a) Unchangeable and tender.
(b) Alternatively tender and stormy.
(c) Relentless and possessive.
(d) Peaceful and pure.

2. Which of man’s conceptions does Freud say men embodied in gods?
(a) Language.
(b) Omnipotence.
(c) Memory.
(d) Cultural history.

3. What supposition does Freud make about this structure’s relationship with the psyche?
(a) That its whole history still exists at once.
(b) That even its present structure is already a ruins.
(c) That its whole past has vanished except for the living moment.
(d) That a person could decide which layers of history to see.

4. What does Freud say is the first requirement of civilization?
(a) Religion.
(b) Community.
(c) Order.
(d) Justice.

5. How does Freud characterize the law culture has to obey through each of its members?
(a) Master-slave dialectic.
(b) The law of brotherly reciprocity.
(c) Psychological economic necessity.
(d) The pedagogy of the oppressed.

6. What is the totemic stage of society based on, according to Freud’s Totem and Taboo?
(a) The mother’s desire to keep her progeny close to her.
(b) A taboo surrounding women, particularly during menstruation.
(c) An mutual non-aggression agreement between brothers.
(d) An unapproachable authority of the father.

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

8. What paternal quality does Freud attribute to God?
(a) The ability to provide for all of men’s needs.
(b) The ability to exceed all attempts at description.
(c) The ability to understand the needs of the sons of men.
(d) The ability to understand the needs of the sons of men.

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

10. What physical structure does Freud compare the psyche to?
(a) The crypts in Paris.
(b) The ancient city of Rome.
(c) The Parthenon.
(d) The Egyptian pyramids.

11. What does Freud say he has a hard time believing about his friend’s experience?
(a) That it is not the fountain and origin of all religious feelings.
(b) That more people do not share it.
(c) That nature should provide such a direct feeling of connection.
(d) That it has not been adequately described in religious literature.

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

13. What assurance does Freud say men get from religion?
(a) A benign Providence watches them.
(b) A beneficent God has evolved alongside man.
(c) A force for good balances the forces for evil.
(d) That good and evil are predestined and unchangeable.

14. How does Freud say we see civilization?
(a) As our haven from suffering.
(b) As part of our suffering.
(c) As an externalization of ourselves.
(d) As another nature.

15. What is the first cause that increased men’s dissatisfaction with civilization?
(a) The filthiness of most gardens.
(b) The excesses of modern scientific methods.
(c) The failure to manifest heaven on earth.
(d) The relative happiness of Indians.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Freud say about his friend’s religious feeling?

3. What was the social consequence of this realization?

4. What does Freud say is the danger of intoxication?

5. What does Freud say about happiness as a goal for men’s lives?

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