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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 are the two forces driving all human activities?
(a) Profit and pleasure.
(b) Pleasure and avoidance of pain.
(c) Power and control over nature.
(d) Purification and perfection of the body.

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

3. What does Freud say is the business of women?
(a) The interests of the family.
(b) The extension of the family
(c) The business of community.
(d) The work of religion.

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

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

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

7. How do lovers, in Freud's account, detach themselves from the danger of encountering pain through love?
(a) By turning their love into art.
(b) By keeping their love temporary.
(c) By fighting to the death to protect the beloved.
(d) By loving mankind in general.

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

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

10. Which development does Freud say is without prototype?
(a) The development of weapons.
(b) The construction of houses.
(c) The ability to communicate.
(d) The discovery of fire.

11. What does Freud say is the only branch of knowledge that can answer the question of the purpose of life?
(a) Psychology.
(b) Physiology.
(c) Mathematics.
(d) Religion.

12. What does Freud say is the point of order and regulation?
(a) Perfecting God's work.
(b) Increasing cleanliness.
(c) Reducing anxiety.
(d) Reducing the effect of nature.

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

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

15. What does Freud say is the relation between society and the individual’s desire for freedom?
(a) Mutual exclusion.
(b) Co-opting.
(c) Antagonism.
(d) Co-ordination.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Freud say happens to things that are formed in the mind?

2. What advantage does Freud say friendships have over genital love?

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

4. What objection does Freud raise, to this highest kind of love?

5. What does Freud say is the first act of civilization?

(see the answer keys)

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