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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What supposition does Freud make about this structure’s relationship with the psyche?

2. What is society based on, according to Freud?

3. What does Freud say is incompatible with civilization?

4. Which of the following is NOT one of the advantages of civilization, in Freud's account?

5. Where does Freud say the religious feeling comes from?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What role does dirt play, in civilization, according to Freud?

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

4. What misconception does Freud dispel at the end of Chapter 3?

5. When does Freud say this view came into fashion?

6. What does Freud use the city of Rome as a metaphor for?

7. Where does Freud say suffering comes from?

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

9. How does Freud describe the evolution of the adult ego?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Use this book as a meditation on the value of a five-star rating system. Is a five-star system sufficient to a book like this? Would you need to have sub-topics for the rating system, for plot, characterization, language, etc? What other sub-topics would you need? What value or importance gets lost in a five-star scale? Design a scale that would be better for this book.

Essay Topic 2

Freud’s work was ground-breaking at the time, and it is still not completely accepted or understood, but its consequences were nonetheless significant. Using examples from the text, describe the consequences of Freud’s ideas. How does he lead us to see the world, if we are going to apply his ideas to day-to-day life?

Essay Topic 3

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

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