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. What feeling does Freud say is associated with the negation of aggression?

2. What does Freud say is the relation between ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’ and ‘love thine enemies’?

3. What does Freud say the dangerous and hostile aspects of love are typically attributed to?

4. Who does Freud say the savage blames if bad things happen to him?

5. What does Freud say people give up in exchange for their membership in society?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Freud characterize the emergence of the death instinct?

2. In what three spheres does Freud see the same interplay between Eros and death playing out?

3. How does Freud describe the function of narcissism in the ego?

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

5. What does Freud say society does in order to accommodate the traits he sees in human nature?

6. What does Freud mean when he says that the problem of guilt as “the most important problem in the evolution of civilization”?

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

8. What goal does Freud say the instincts are leading man toward?

9. In what regard to human beings differ from animals, in Freud's account?

10. How does Freud say society uses men’s aggression productively?

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

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

Describe Freud’s treatment of women, and their place in his theories. How would Civilization and its Discontents be different if it were written based on a woman’s perspective?

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