Civilization and Its Discontents Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 physical structure does Freud compare the psyche to?

2. What does Freud say a psychologist is in danger of forgetting?

3. How does Freud characterize women’s influence on civilization?

4. What assurance does Freud say men get from religion?

5. What is the first purpose civilization serves, in Freud's account?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What role does Freud say the regulation of human relations played in the development of civilization?

3. Where does Freud says that the man’s need for religion comes from?

4. What role does Freud say genital erotic life plays in the development of the civilized man?

5. What does Freud say is the typical attitude about civilization’s disadvantages?

6. How does Freud say the love instinct has changed throughout the development of civilization?

7. How does Freud characterize modern progress?

8. According to Freud, what is the feeling with which his friend resists his arguments about religion?

9. What are the three palliative remedies to the unbearable difficulty of life?

10. What does Freud say was the consequence of man’s realization that his lot could be improved by his own labors?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an evaluative review of Civilization and Its Discontents. What is this book’s place in culture? What are its uses? What are its limitations?

Essay Topic 2

Who is the audience for Civilization and Its Discontents? What is the ideal reader for Civilization and Its Discontents likely to think about the book’s main topics? How does this book try to affect the reader? What is it trying to teach him or her, or get him or her to do?

Essay Topic 3

Freud does not say as much, but the ability to penetrate unconscious behavior, and bring invisible phenomena to light gives the analyst a real power over patients and in his culture. How does this authority fit within Freud’s explanations of religion, authority, dread and guilt? How does the analyst separate himself—can he separate himself from the fatherly or priestly role?

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