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. How does Freud ultimately characterize his friend’s religious feeling?

2. Which development does Freud say is without prototype?

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

4. What source of energy does Freud say man uses up by investing in civilization?

5. What is the totemic stage of society based on, according to Freud’s Totem and Taboo?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Freud say is the difference between creating art and enjoying art?

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

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of denying the world, in Freud's account?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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