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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 does Fromm believe is the greatest assertion of individuality?
(a) Fighting for oppression was easier than fighting for freedom.
(b) Fighting for oppression.
(c) Fighting for freedom was not worth it.
(d) Dying while fighting for your freedom.

2. Why was medieval man in bondage?
(a) He was not part of a group.
(b) He was still bound by primary ties.
(c) He was bound to the church.
(d) He was not self-aware.

3. According to Calvin, what can change a person's destiny?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Sin.

4. What social force does man rely on from others?
(a) Love.
(b) Protection.
(c) Civility.
(d) Cooperation.

5. What is often a negative result of man's freedom?
(a) Greed.
(b) Isolation.
(c) There is no negative result.
(d) Unhappiness.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Fromm's animal kingdom analogy, why is man so helpless at birth?

2. What psychological approach did Fromm take with his work?

3. What contradiction of freedom does Fromm discuss in his book?

4. What psychological behavior was the main theme of Hitler's ideology?

5. Where did the Renaissance begin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Fromm's thoughts about the battles for freedom in the chapter "Freedom-A Psychological Problem"?

2. How do Fromm and Luther differ in the definition of selfishness?

3. What was the economic system like during medieval times?

4. How does an individual's learning further the process of individuation and how does this affect a child's relationship with his mother?

5. How did Lutheranism challenge the Catholic Church?

6. What is the significance of the department store reference that Fromm makes in the chapter, "The Two Aspects of Freedom and Modern Man"?

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

8. What new social class developed during the Renaissance and how did it affect their freedom?

9. How did capitalism pave the way for greater freedom for man?

10. What were John Calvin's ideas about religion, and how were they similar and different to Luther's ideologies?

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