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 does Freud say is the outcome of the struggle between libido and the interests of self-preservation?

2. How does Freud distinguish between the individual trend in civilization, and the cultural trend in civilization?

3. How does Freud describe wickedness?

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

5. What does Freud say he would have to do to fulfill this motto?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Freud characterize the super-ego’s cultural function?

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

4. In what way does Freud say that primitive man was indeed happier than civilized man?

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

6. How does Freud explain the origin of remorse?

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

8. How does Freud characterize the mindset of people who do not appreciate the reality he is describing, of hostility as a fundamental force of human nature?

9. What conclusion does Freud’s discussion of the Golden Rule lead him to make about human nature?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Freud’s work was ground-breaking at the time, and it is still not completely accepted or understood, but its consequences were nonetheless significant. Using examples from the text, describe the consequences of Freud’s ideas. How does he lead us to see the world, if we are going to apply his ideas to day-to-day life?

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