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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. When he first came to power, which social class did Hitler favor?
(a) Middle class.
(b) Nobility.
(c) Upper class.
(d) Lower class.

2. What do masochistic people seek?
(a) They want to dominate a weaker person.
(b) They want to dominate a stronger person.
(c) They want to both submit and dominate.
(d) They want to submit to a stronger person.

3. What is NOT a characteristic of the old, middle class that Fromm identifies?
(a) Cautiousness.
(b) Thrift.
(c) Frugality.
(d) Pride.

4. How did Fromm separate the two groups of German people who supported the Nazis?
(a) Fromm based his theory on the people's reactions to the Nazis.
(b) Fromm based his thoughts on how people viewed each other.
(c) He based his theory on the people's reactions to the Jewish community.
(d) He based his ideas on how people viewed themselves.

5. What does the development of individual and social characters lead to?
(a) More freedom for the individual.
(b) The development of historical events.
(c) Less freedom for the individual.
(d) The collapse of society.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one false theory about why the Nazis came to power?

2. Why did the Nazi regime appear to be stable?

3. What name does Fromm give to the isolation that allows Fascism to grow?

4. What political belief aligns with Fromm's definition of freedom?

5. What political ideology is reinforced by an authoritarian character?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is automaton conformity?

3. What is spontaneous action and original thought?

4. What role does character play in the individual and society?

5. According to Fromm, why are "normal" people willing to conform to the ideas of an authoritarian character?

6. How does social character affect different groups?

7. What is the social function of education?

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

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

10. How does formal education limit a child's freedom?

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