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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 comparison does Freud make between the Devil and Jews?
(a) He says that they are both illusory concepts.
(b) He says that they are both scapegoats.
(c) He says that Jews are the Devil incarnate.
(d) He says that they are both enemies of Christians.

2. How does Freud characterize the phenomena he is describing?
(a) Specialized knowledge.
(b) Exceptional cases.
(c) Common sense.
(d) Uncommon events.

3. Where does Freud say man’s sense of guilt originates?
(a) In the fear of the loss of love.
(b) In the rejection of actual authorities for conscience.
(c) In the desire a child has to return to an earlier state.
(d) In the Oedipal murder of the father.

4. Whom does Freud say he would be wronging, to love his neighbor as himself?
(a) Himself.
(b) Those who value his love.
(c) His family.
(d) The stranger.

5. What does Freud say he seeks in scientific work?
(a) Fulfillment of ideas and hypotheses.
(b) New ways of describing familiar facts.
(c) Elaboration of the variations of possible truths.
(d) Simplification without ignoring facts.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Freud say aggression is turned innocuous?

2. What does Freud say love seeks for?

3. What effect do violent men have on society?

4. What animal does Freud say man is to his fellow man?

5. How does Freud describe the libido’s disinclination to relinquish an old position for a new one?

Short Essay Questions

1. What services does Freud say the Jewish people served for the Aryans in Europe?

2. How does Freud describe the super-ego?

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

4. What goal does Freud say the instincts are leading man toward?

5. How does Freud characterize the emergence of the death instinct?

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

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

8. What difficulty does Freud say he would expect in any analysis that sought to analyze society’s neuroses?

9. In what way does Freud say that primitive man was indeed happier than civilized man?

10. In what three spheres does Freud see the same interplay between Eros and death playing out?

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