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 hidden from the super-ego?

2. What does Freud say accompanies destructive behavior?

3. To whom are sexual frustrations intolerable, according to Freud?

4. What effect do violent men have on society?

5. How does Freud describe wickedness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What difficulty does Freud say he would expect in any analysis that sought to analyze society’s neuroses?

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

4. What difficulties does Freud say are involved in describing the death instinct?

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

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

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

8. How does Freud say unconscious guilt expresses itself?

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

10. How does Freud characterize the traditional view of the extremes of pleasure and pain in love?

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

How would you rewrite Civilization and Its Discontents, if you were to adapt it and make it your own. What part of the book would you preserve? What part would you change? Explain your motivation for the changes you would make.

Essay Topic 3

According to Freud, guilt regulates the internal urges of each individual, although Freud says that by so doing, it engenders resentment that has to be repressed in turn, engendering further guilt. This cycle could result in an eternal spiral of repression and aggression and guilt—what keeps it from becoming psychologically damaging, or out of control?

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