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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 does a person who has science and art have, according to the poet Freud quotes?

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

3. What does Freud say wise men have ever warned against?

4. What physical structure does Freud compare the psyche to?

5. What does Freud say is the standard for sexual life in a civilization?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does Freud say suffering comes from?

4. What is Freud's response to his friend's feeling?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When is Civilization and Its Discontents most itself? What is its characteristic passage, or moment? What makes that moment or passage the most representative of the book as a whole? Are there any places where the book seems to depart from its typical self, as if to become a different book?

Essay Topic 2

Would you recommend Civilization and Its Discontents? For what purposes would you recommend Civilization and Its Discontents, and what kinds of readers would you recommend it for? What other book would you recommend that would cover the same material or tell the same story in a different way?

Essay Topic 3

According to Freud, the problem of guilt is the biggest problem facing the evolution of culture. How has this ‘problem’ been addressed, and how has it led to the further evolution of civilization? Using an example from contemporary culture, find the mechanisms Freud is talking about in.

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