The Interpretation of Dreams Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. ________ and dreaming run in parallel.

2. Freud must "_________" that dream content has actual meaning.

3. Whose poetry does Freud cite as evidence of his own dream manifestations?

4. The exact truth of the memory of the dreamer is questionable because we almost always take ________ with the truth.

5. Freud's method allows for interpretation of individual dreams as they apply to __________ dreamers.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Freud say is difficult about using dream examples?

2. What does Freud say about the nature of dreams?

3. What does Freud believe is quote foolish to do?

4. What are some alternative causes of dreams as indicated by Freud?

5. Whose dream theory does Freud not challenge?

6. What does Freud have to say when challenging the impact of external stimuli?

7. What is Freud's overall objective in the interpretation of dreams?

8. In what kind of images does the waking brain think?

9. What other things (besides the answer to #1) does Freud say he will discuss in the course of the book?

10. What is one of the things that Freud says can threaten careful dream study?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Freud brings up the idea of the subconscious, the pre-conscious, and the unconscious in this book. What are the definitions of each? How do these terms relate to each other? How do these terms relate to the dream interpretation process? What do these states have to offer the dreamer in their everyday life? Does the separation of thought patterns complicate life or make it easier? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Symbols are a big part of dream interpretation. Using one dream in Freud's book, list all of the symbols you can find. Then, create your own interpretations of each of these symbols. Knowing these interpretations, what can you ascertain about the meaning of the dream you have chosen? Without these symbols, what would you have interpreted the dream to mean?

Essay Topic 3

Freud has always been a controversial figure in psychology and yet he is revered at the same time. What ideas in this book seem to support his reputation as a bit of a renegade? What ideas in this book seem to solidify his reputation as someone who has a lot to contribute to the field? In the end, how does this book change your perception of Freud? Does it change your perception at all? Why or why not?

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