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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 is the ego instinct antithetical to, according to Freud?
(a) Sadism.
(b) Libidinal instincts.
(c) The reality principle.
(d) The pleasure principle.

2. What does Freud say needs to be taken into account when considering the love one should have for neighbors and enemies?
(a) Man's innate aggression.
(b) Mankind's need for divine grace.
(c) Humankind’s innate trustfulness.
(d) Humanity's original sin.

3. Who does Freud say takes the place of mother and father, as people grow up?
(a) Once's instincts.
(b) The leaders of society.
(c) Society as a whole.
(d) One's offspring.

4. What work does Freud say he has to do in therapy, in regard to the cultural super-ego?
(a) Clarify its demands.
(b) Bring its demands into speech.
(c) Moderate its demands.
(d) Make his patients conscious of it.

5. What do Freud’s patients not believe, in his account?
(a) His prognosis that guilt will remain with them.
(b) His diagnosis of unconscious guilt.
(c) His description of their conscious guilt.
(d) His belief in the salutary effect of guilt.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Christianity offer to purge all humanity of guilt?

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

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

4. Where does Freud say the remorse of conscience ultimately originates?

5. What does Freud say destructive behavior is directed outward?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the role of misfortune in the formation of the super-ego, according to Freud?

4. How pervasive does Freud say the human sentiments about property are?

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

6. How does Freud describe the super-ego?

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

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

9. How does Freud characterize the super-ego’s cultural function?

10. How does Freud characterize the traditional view of the extremes of pleasure and pain in love?

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