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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 does Freud say accompanies destructive behavior?
(a) Profound pleasure.
(b) Self-loathing.
(c) Moral indifference.
(d) An out-of-body sensation.

2. What does Freud say is the most pressing problem in the evolution of culture?
(a) Authority.
(b) Guilt.
(c) Solidarity.
(d) Pleasure.

3. Where does Freud ultimately test and validate his conclusions about guilt and remorse?
(a) Extensive research.
(b) Clinical observation.
(c) Biblical literature.
(d) Poetry and the arts.

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

5. What does Freud say the libidinal elements of a desire turn into when they are repressed?
(a) Obsession.
(b) Remorse.
(c) Symptoms.
(d) Guilt.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What do Freud’s patients not believe, in his account?

4. What is Freud’s first reaction to the notion that one should “love they neighbor as thyself”?

5. Where does Freud say the ability to distinguish between good and evil comes from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Freud say the feeling of guilt originates?

2. What does Freud mean when he says that the problem of guilt as “the most important problem in the evolution of civilization”?

3. What does Freud say society does in order to accommodate the traits he sees in human nature?

4. What difficulties does Freud say are involved in describing the death instinct?

5. What resistance does Freud offer to the notion that he should love his neighbor as himself?

6. How does Freud say society uses men’s aggression productively?

7. How does Freud characterize the mindset of people who do not appreciate the reality he is describing, of hostility as a fundamental force of human nature?

8. How does Freud describe the function of narcissism in the ego?

9. What insights does Freud offer into the value of communism?

10. How, according to Freud, do other people figure differently in sensual love and social love?

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