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. Which of the following is NOT one of the “palliative remedies” men seek out in order to assuage the difficulty of life?

2. What does Freud say about the question of what meaning life has?

3. What does Freud say is the best way to escape from discomfort?

4. What does Freud say is the most effective way to influence the body?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Freud characterize the roles of Eros and Ananke in the development of civilization?

2. How does Freud describe the effect of changes in the human olfactory sense on civilization?

3. How does the role of women change, as men began to feel torn between sensual and aim-inhibited love?

4. What does Freud say the ordinary man understands by his religion?

5. What is Freud’s personal feeling about religion?

6. What does Freud say is the difference between love and aim-inhibited love?

7. What does Freud say is the relationship between love and aim-inhibited love?

8. How does Freud characterize modern progress?

9. Where does Freud say suffering comes from?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 3

What topics would you like to research further, after reading Civilization and Its Discontents. Describe why additional research or reading would be beneficial to an understanding of this book. Propose a list of articles or books you would read in order to get a better handle on Civilization and Its Discontents.

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