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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What objection does Freud raise, to this highest kind of love?
(a) That love changes as its object grows older.
(b) That erotic love surpasses it.
(c) That not all men are worthy of love.
(d) That there is no comparing types of love.

2. Which of the following is NOT a place Freud says suffering comes from?
(a) From the outer world.
(b) From the body.
(c) From the spirit.
(d) From our relations.

3. What does Freud say was the “most maiming wound ever inflicted throughout the ages on the erotic life of man”?
(a) The taboo on exogamy.
(b) The taboo on incest.
(c) The taboo on bestiality.
(d) The taboo on endogamy.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT one of the “palliative remedies” men seek out in order to assuage the difficulty of life?

2. What does Freud say this notion is in conflict with?

3. Which development does Freud say is without prototype?

4. Which relation does Freud NOT list as evidence of the relations whose regulation constitutes civilization?

5. What assurance does Freud say men get from religion?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Freud say instincts react when they are resisted through intoxication or through other forms of avoidance?

2. What is the importance of the argument about conservation in the mind?

3. How does Freud describe the effect of changes in the human olfactory sense on civilization?

4. What is Freud’s personal feeling about religion?

5. What are the three palliative remedies to the unbearable difficulty of life?

6. Where does Freud say suffering comes from?

7. How does Freud characterize the roles of Eros and Ananke in the development of civilization?

8. What does Freud say is the relationship between love and aim-inhibited love?

9. What role does Freud say genital erotic life plays in the development of the civilized man?

10. What does Freud say is the difference between love and aim-inhibited love?

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