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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. How does Freud say his friend experiences religion?
(a) As a feeling of floating.
(b) As a feeling of being swindled.
(c) As a feeling of being cared for.
(d) As a feeling of eternity.

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

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

4. What does Freud say is the link between religion and childhood?
(a) The religious feeling is abandoned when the child reaches adolescence.
(b) The religious feeling is a morbid effect in still-immature adults.
(c) The religious feeling is a remnant of the child’s all-encompassing ego.
(d) The religious feeling depends on certain crises in adolescence, or else it vanishes.

5. What does Freud say a psychologist is in danger of forgetting?
(a) The techniques for avoiding confrontation.
(b) The power of sexism.
(c) The variety of mankind.
(d) The history of racism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the second cause that increased men’s dissatisfaction with civilization?

2. What does Freud say is the only acceptable goal of marriage?

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

4. What does Freud say he has a hard time believing about his friend’s experience?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does Freud say the regulation of human relations played in the development of civilization?

2. How does Freud describe the evolution of the adult ego?

3. What does Freud say is the end-result of a civilization?

4. When does Freud say this view came into fashion?

5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of denying the world, in Freud's account?

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

7. What does Freud use the city of Rome as a metaphor for?

8. What misconception does Freud dispel at the end of Chapter 3?

9. According to Freud, what is the feeling with which his friend resists his arguments about religion?

10. What does Freud say are the benefits and dangers of intoxication?

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