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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Freud say is the only acceptable goal of marriage?
(a) Stability.
(b) Increase.
(c) Pleasure.
(d) Self-discovery.

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

4. What further restriction does Freud say civilization imposes on sexual life?
(a) Chastity.
(b) Abortion.
(c) Monogamy.
(d) Abstinence.

5. What kinds of examples does Freud offer as examples of modern progress?
(a) Transportation improvements.
(b) Medical improvements.
(c) Improvements in urban infrastructure.
(d) Military improvements.

6. What does Freud say men seek in their lives?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Transcendence.
(c) Power.
(d) Grace.

7. What does Freud say is the most effective way to influence the body?
(a) Abstinence.
(b) Intoxication.
(c) Chastity.
(d) Flagellation.

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

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

10. Who does Freud say are the parents of human cultures?
(a) Demeter and Zeus.
(b) Chronos and Uranus.
(c) Pan and Hades.
(d) Eros and Ananke.

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

12. What does Freud say he will study in order to explore the question of how men find meaning in life?
(a) Pathology reports.
(b) Men’s behavior.
(c) Ancient Greek texts.
(d) Brain science.

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

14. 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 the answer is so simple it will never be believed.
(d) That it has never been satisfactorily answered.

15. Which relation does Freud NOT list as evidence of the relations whose regulation constitutes civilization?
(a) The relations between neighbors.
(b) The relation between family members.
(c) The relation between man and animal.
(d) The relationship between husband and wife.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Freud say the ego appears to the id?

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

3. When does fate lose its power over men, according to Freud?

4. What was the social consequence of this realization?

5. How does Freud say “extra-genital forms of satisfaction” are “interdicted”?

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