Civilization and Its Discontents Test | Final 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. Whose is the sole relationship that Freud says is not affected by property?

2. What does Freud say a neighbor tempts a man to?

3. How does Freud characterize the state of society in which couples are satisfied libidinally, and society is joined together through work and common interests?

4. What does Freud say seems to be unimportant to the unity of human society?

5. Where does Freud ultimately test and validate his conclusions about guilt and remorse?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Freud describe the super-ego?

2. How do sadism and masochism reveal the interplay between Eros and death instincts, in Freud's account?

3. What is the role of misfortune in the formation of the super-ego, according to Freud?

4. How does Freud explain the origin of remorse?

5. What does Freud mean when he says that hunger and love make the world go around?

6. What insights does Freud offer into the value of communism?

7. How, according to Freud, do other people figure differently in sensual love and social love?

8. Where does Freud say the feeling of guilt originates?

9. How does Freud characterize the opposition of egoism and altruism?

10. How pervasive does Freud say the human sentiments about property are?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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