Escape from Freedom Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who wrote the book "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism"?

3. What does the development of individual and social characters lead to?

4. When he first came to power, which social class did Hitler favor?

5. How did Fromm separate the two groups of German people who supported the Nazis?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Define the political, social and economic impact capitalism had on individual freedom. In your answer, address the following historical events:

1). The Protestant Reformation-How did this religious movement bring about economic change and increased social class freedom?

2). The Renaissance-How was this movement characterized by capitalism? What impact did it have on society and the individual?

3). Post World War I Germany-how did the economic situation of inflation and depression change the political an social climate in pre-Nazi Germany?

Essay Topic 2

Describe a fictitious society where man has complete and total freedom. Your essay should answer the following questions:

1). What is the political structure of this society?

2). Is there one central authority figure? If so, describe this individual. If not, explain why this individual does not exist.

3). What structures/ideologies/rules are in place that guarantee man his freedom?

4). Is everyone happy with the amount of freedom given to them?

5). Based on Fromm's definition of freedom, what would he say about this society? Would he agree that the individuals in this society have complete and total freedom?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Fromm's ideas on democracy as a political ideology from the last chapter of his book. In your response, address the following points:

1). What aspects of a democratic society does Fromm support?

2). What aspects of a democratic society does Fromm not support?

3). How does a democratic society both support and harm an individual's freedom?

4). How is a democratic society similar and different to an authoritarian society?

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