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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What forces does an individual need freedom from in order to be a free individual?
(a) Freedom from thinking and self.
(b) Freedom from family and friends.
(c) Freedom from authority and outside constraints.
(d) Freedom from self and family.

2. What church dominated religion during the Middle Ages?
(a) Protestanism.
(b) Lutheranism.
(c) The Catholic Church.
(d) Judiasim.

3. What did the social order provide individuals during the Middle Ages?
(a) Feelings of security and belonging.
(b) Individuality.
(c) Freedom.
(d) Money.

4. What feeling did the inflation in 1923 Germany and the American crash in 1929 create?
(a) Individuality.
(b) Freedom.
(c) Power.
(d) Insecurity.

5. What was a positive social aspect of the Middle Ages?
(a) Ioslation.
(b) Increased individual freedom.
(c) Loss of self.
(d) Solidarity.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were individuals able to enjoy some expressive and emotional freedom during medieval times?

2. Whose work about a ten-year-old child's awareness of self does Fromm reference?

3. What example does Fromm use to point out a contradiction of freedom?

4. Which of the following does Fromm NOT mention when discussing the definition of freedom?

5. How did capitalism change the role of individuals?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Fromm describe sadistic people?

2. How did Lutheranism challenge the Catholic Church?

3. What is true freedom and what do Fromm's critics fear it can lead to?

4. What is the relationship between sadism and masochism? How does the relationship affect authoritarian characters?

5. What were the economic, social, and political conditions like in Germany prior to Hitler's rise to power?

6. How does the loss of identify affect an individual's willingness to conform, and what are the consequences for it?

7. How does Fromm describe masochistic people?

8. What are the differences between an individual's freedom between the medieval and modern societies?

9. What role does the family have in developing the character structure of an individual?

10. What are Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Kafka, and Green's points of view with regards to the individual?

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