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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 men should make humble obeisance” to?
(a) The high-minded nature of man.
(b) The power of the Devil, or man’s innate destructiveness.
(c) The power of the state to regulate human affairs.
(d) The divine grace of God.

2. Whose is the sole relationship that Freud says is not affected by property?
(a) Father and son.
(b) Mother and daughter.
(c) Mother and son.
(d) Brother and brother.

3. What does Freud say he would have to do to fulfill this motto?
(a) Make sacrifices.
(b) Find the right partner.
(c) Remain celibate.
(d) Love all humanity.

4. What does Freud say is the super-ego’s relation to the ego?
(a) It torments it with feelings of dread.
(b) It reads it with promises of pleasure.
(c) It rewards it with feelings of pleasure.
(d) It punishes it with physical pain.

5. What do Freud’s patients not believe, in his account?
(a) His diagnosis of unconscious guilt.
(b) His prognosis that guilt will remain with them.
(c) His description of their conscious guilt.
(d) His belief in the salutary effect of guilt.

6. What does Freud say is still necessary, if men are united in love?
(a) Regulations on sexual behavior
(b) Others who are despised.
(c) Prohibitions on property ownership.
(d) Others who are not yet initiated.

7. How does Freud say the sense of guilt produced by culture is expressed?
(a) As a general discontent.
(b) As neurosis in sane people.
(c) As artistic creativity.
(d) As self-destructive behavior.

8. Where does the conscience’s severity originate, according to Freud?
(a) In the ego’s refusal to renounce pleasure.
(b) In the ego’s experience of punishment.
(c) In the ego’s hostility to external objects.
(d) In the ego’s inability to distinguish between internal and external.

9. To what subject does Freud turn in order to know how society controls aggression?
(a) Rites of passage.
(b) Individual development.
(c) Social ties.
(d) Corrective institutions.

10. What does Freud say is hidden from the super-ego?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Thoughts.
(c) Crimes.
(d) Action.

11. With what does Freud say guilt ultimately coincides?
(a) Dread of the super-ego.
(b) Fear of the loss of love.
(c) Longing for fulfillment.
(d) Desire for non-existence.

12. What does Freud say happens when men do not exercise their aggression?
(a) They are content.
(b) They are creative.
(c) They are impatient.
(d) They are ill at ease.

13. What work does Freud say he has to do in therapy, in regard to the cultural super-ego?
(a) Bring its demands into speech.
(b) Moderate its demands.
(c) Make his patients conscious of it.
(d) Clarify its demands.

14. What is love’s chief function, according to Freud?
(a) To renew men’s desire to live.
(b) To hold society together.
(c) To resolve differences.
(d) To perpetuate the species.

15. Where does Freud say society sets up institutions to monitor behavior?
(a) In people’s minds.
(b) In every family.
(c) In every patriarch.
(d) In every city.

Short Answer Questions

1. What objection does Freud make against the Communist promise of economic equality?

2. How does Freud characterize the impulse behind he injunction to love thy neighbor as thyself?

3. What does Freud say his love seems to be, to him?

4. What is the ego instinct antithetical to, according to Freud?

5. How does Freud characterize the relationship between Eros and the death principle?

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