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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 does Mathilde direct Freud to do when he arrives at her home?
(a) Sleep in Josef's bed.
(b) Eat cookies.
(c) Talk to the children.
(d) Take a hot bath.

2. After Nietzsche and Breuer's initial meeting, why does Breuer become upset about Bertha?
(a) He feels ravaged by his obsession with Bertha.
(b) He thinks that Nietzsche will use the situation with Bertha against him.
(c) He wants Bertha to be happy with Nietzsche.
(d) He's worried about the bad news about Bertha.

3. When will Lou and Josef meet again after their first meeting?
(a) Never.
(b) In a month.
(c) In a week.
(d) On Tuesday.

4. How does Lou describe Elisabeth to Josef?
(a) Fun, out of control, and silly.
(b) Ignorant, uneducated, and clumsy.
(c) Bland, ordinary, and simple.
(d) Anti-Semantic, mean-spirited, and divisive.

5. What reason does Nietzsche give Breuer for not reading?
(a) His failing eyesight.
(b) His dislike for literature.
(c) His arguments with authors.
(d) His lack of time.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Breuer believe is a physician's duty toward a patient?

2. How does Breuer describe Nietzsche the first time he sees him which he did not expect?

3. What do Breuer and Nietzsche later discuss during their first meeting?

4. Lou confides in Josef that she does not believe in what?

5. According to Nietzsche's conversation with Breuer, where does he get many of his ideas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nietzsche's life style say about him?

2. How does Lou treat Josef in his office?

3. How does Freud help in Nietzsche's diagnosis and treatment?

4. What is foreshadowed by Josef's admittance that he had an affair with a patient?

5. Why would Nietzsche write books that he allows his publisher to hide?

6. What are Nietzsche's motives behind asking the three questions?

7. What is Freud's relationship with Josef's family?

8. What does Nietzsche's exclamation "hope is the final evil" explain about him?

9. What contributes to Nietzsche being a difficult patient?

10. Why would Nietzsche be so open about his physical ailments but so reserved about his mental ones?

(see the answer keys)

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