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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 source of energy does Freud say man uses up by investing in civilization?
(a) Spiritual energy.
(b) Familial energy.
(c) Sexual energy.
(d) Intellectual energy.

2. What does Freud say is the best way to escape from discomfort?
(a) By escaping from the society into solitude.
(b) By removing all temptations.
(c) By fulfilling all desires.
(d) By taming nature through science.

3. With what realization does Freud say primitive man started to be civilized?
(a) That his lot was in his own hands.
(b) That he was capable of making tools.
(c) That he was capable of controlling his environment.
(d) That the earth would not provide for him always.

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

5. What feature of culture characterizes it better than any other, according to Freud?
(a) The ability to efficiently control the masses.
(b) The emphasis on intellectual activities.
(c) The capacity for empathy and feeling.
(d) The ability to exploit natural resources.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Freud say about the question of what meaning life has?

2. How does Freud characterize the law culture has to obey through each of its members?

3. What does Freud compare civilization to?

4. What question does Freud say no one asks?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Freud say is the typical attitude about civilization’s disadvantages?

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

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

6. What is Freud's response to his friend's feeling?

7. What does Freud say is the difference between creating art and enjoying art?

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

9. Why does Freud say progress has not made modern man any happier?

10. Where does Freud say suffering comes from?

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