The Interpretation of Dreams Test | 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. The true nature of ______ is not recognized in the dream, but is usually mistaken for something else.

2. Freud provides an example of a dreamer who is the victim of a _____________ painting a house.

3. Freud thinks there is a difficulty in using dream examples when they are related out of ___________.

4. What can threaten to undermine the very foundation of our efforts at dream interpretation?

5. In interpreting dreams, the elements that are uncovered must be seen as a _________ whole.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When dreams include actions the dreamer wants to take, but does not, the idea of responsibility becomes a point to consider. Do you feel that these kinds of dreams are a way for a dreamer to avoid taking real life action? Why or why not? Are there instances in which dreams can cause external action in waking life? Give an example of a time in which a dream spurred you on or give an example of a dream that you enjoy having but have not acted upon.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Freud makes a point to say that one's morality will persist in dreams, but at the same time, dreams can include events that occur outside of one's morality. What do you think this contradiction means? What do you feel happens when dreams include immoral ideas and actions? Are these dreams a reflection of the dreamer? Why or why not? If so, what are these dreams saying about the dreamer?

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