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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 the concept of narcissism make it possible to see, in Freud's account?
(a) The need for rites of passage from adolescence into adulthood.
(b) The motivations for sadism.
(c) Violence as a form of aggression toward the external world.
(d) Neurosis as a reversion to self-love.

2. How does Freud say the sense of guilt produced by culture is expressed?
(a) As a general discontent.
(b) As neurosis in sane people.
(c) As artistic creativity.
(d) As self-destructive behavior.

3. What does Freud say his love seems to be, to him?
(a) Something he needs to abide by, no matter what it demands.
(b) Something he can give according to his whim.
(c) Something he is compelled to give to society.
(d) Something he needs to control and regulate.

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. To whom are sexual frustrations intolerable, according to Freud?
(a) Perverts.
(b) Women.
(c) Neurotics.
(d) Men.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Freud say people give up in exchange for their membership in society?

2. With what does Freud say guilt ultimately coincides?

3. What does Freud say is the super-ego’s relation to the ego?

4. Which does Freud say comes first?

5. What does Freud say he seeks in scientific work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Freud say unconscious guilt expresses itself?

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

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

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

8. How do sadism and masochism reveal the interplay between Eros and death instincts, in Freud's account?

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

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

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