Man's Search for Meaning Test | Final 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. Can logotherapy be used with neurotic individuals?

2. What does Frankl relate about an American diplomat who, after years of psychotherapy, went to logotherapy?

3. How did Frankl himself realize he was free?

4. What does Frankl argue man determines about his life?

5. What kind of neuroses result from existential frustration?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the importance of suffering for Frankl?

2. What opportunity does Frankl see in camp life?

3. What is the meaning of love in logotherapy?

4. How does Frankl describe the character of the prisoners and the guards?

5. What happened when a patient who had been through psychoanalysis went to logotherapy? What difference between these approaches does Frankl illustrate with this account?

6. What has Frankl termed "noogenic neuroses"?

7. What does Frankl argue should supplement the Statue of Liberty and why?

8. What does Frankl claim happened to the inner life of prisoners in concentration camp?

9. What is anticipatory anxiety?

10. What prompted Frankl to speak to the prisoners about hope? What did he say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Frankl writes, "Noogenic neuroses do not emerge from conflicts between drives and instincts but rather from conflicts between various values; in other words, from moral conflicts, or, to speak in a more general way, from spiritual problems." What role do Noogenic neuroses play in his theory of logotherapy?

Essay Topic 2

Frankl describes three distinct phases in the mental life of the prisoners he lived with in concentration camps. What characterizes each of these phases? Do you believe that these phases can be seen in any other situations or circumstances?

Essay Topic 3

Dr. Gordon W. Allport writes that Frankl "sometimes asks his patients who suffer from a multitude of torments great and small, 'Why do you not commit suicide?'" How does Frankl understand suicide? What does he advise people who feel that they do not have meaning in life, or those who plan on committing suicide because they find they can no longer expect anything from life?

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