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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 a mutually beneficial relationship called?
(a) Sympathy.
(b) Symbiosis.
(c) Symbolism.
(d) Syllabus.

2. What are the consequences for democratic societies when conformity exists?
(a) Dominance over others is encouraged and rewarded.
(b) Too much trust in the community and dominance over others.
(c) Distrust of infomation and a willingness to believe what is told to you.
(d) Too little information is shared with society.

3. Why is it possible for people to conform without their knowledge?
(a) It is not possible.
(b) They do so subconsciously.
(c) People want to belong.
(d) People think their thoughts are their own, but they have come from another source.

4. According to Fromm, who must the economy be a servant to?
(a) Society.
(b) The wealthy politicans.
(c) Man.
(d) The economy should not serve anyone.

5. Who replaces the original self?
(a) The social self.
(b) The conforming self.
(c) The actual self.
(d) The pseudo self.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which view of human culture takes into account how religious ideas develop economic behavior?

2. What does Fromm argue that leads to man act destructively?

3. What examples does Fromm cite in the chapter "Freedom and Democracy" of how a democratic society limits individuals?

4. What forces in a capitalistic society isolate people?

5. What academic, who Fromm disagrees with, also wrote about the social interpretation of the human development?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is spontaneous action and original thought?

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

5. What was life like for the lower, middle class following World War I? How did these conditions impact impacted their submission to Nazism?

6. What traits of an authoritarian character did Hitler possess?

7. Why was Nazism so appealing to the lower middle class of Germans?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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