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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 cultural time period was Europe moving toward, following the Middle Ages?
(a) The Renaissance.
(b) The Industrial Revolution.
(c) The Dark Ages.
(d) The Religious Era.

2. Fromm likens man's sin of eating the forbidden fruit to what act?
(a) An act of kindness.
(b) An act of anger.
(c) An act of greed.
(d) An act of freedom.

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

4. What group of people fought in battles for freedom, as identified by Fromm?
(a) The church.
(b) The Middle Class.
(c) The wealthy.
(d) The oppressed.

5. What new economic system grew out of the Reformation?
(a) Trade.
(b) Working class domination.
(c) Laissez-faire.
(d) Capitalism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why would Fromm view the action of man eating the forbidden fruit as a positive act?

2. What drives man's struggle for self-promotion?

3. What church dominated religion during the Middle Ages?

4. Who described the fearful individual as tormented by self-doubt?

5. What political tool was used to influence an individual who was voting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of World War I when talking about freedom?

2. How did the Protestant Reformation affect individual freedom?

3. What aspects of the medieval system benefited the individual?

4. How does capitalism affect an individual's freedom, and what are Fromm's criticisms of capitalism?

5. How does Fromm feel about man gaining freedom but losing personal security?

6. What are Fromm's ideas about work, the economy, and society?

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

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

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

10. How does Fromm uses freedom of speech to explain that when a freedom is gained, it is also restricted?

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