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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 is man's "biological weakness"?
(a) Power.
(b) Human culture.
(c) Nature.
(d) Instinct.

2. What advantage do animals have over man when entering the world?
(a) Animals are smarter.
(b) Animals have more freedoms.
(c) Animals are instinctual.
(d) Animals do not care about hierarchy.

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

4. Why would Fromm view the action of man eating the forbidden fruit as a positive act?
(a) Man separated himself from woman.
(b) Man fought against nature.
(c) Man took a step toward becoming an individual.
(d) Man took a risk.

5. What organizations were formed during the Renaissance to control prices?
(a) Monopolies.
(b) The church.
(c) Unions.
(d) Guilds.

Short Answer Questions

1. What new economic system grew out of the Reformation?

2. Which workers was the medieval economy based on?

3. What factor most affected a person's change of identify during the Middle Ages?

4. According to the Catholic Church, what corrupts man?

5. What forces does an individual need freedom from in order to be a free individual?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is spontaneous action and original thought?

2. How did Luther's teachings support capitalism?

3. What two false theories does Fromm discount that accounted for the rise of Nazism?

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

5. How does the biblical story of man's exodus from paradise relate to Fromm's ideas about choice and freedom?

6. What is authority, as defined in the chapter "Mechanisms of Escape"?

7. What characteristics describe the second group of Germans who supported the Nazis?

8. What qualities did Hitler and Nazism possess that appealed to a large population of Germans?

9. How does a democratic society put pressure on individuals to conform?

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

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