Audio Samples and Questions - Short Talk 2: Sigmund Freud

Audio Samples and Questions

Short Talk 2: Sigmund Freud

Class, before I let you go today, I want to tell you about a fascinating program that is going to be on in four days at 8 pm on Channel 12. It's part of the "Great Minds in Psychology" series that has been on Public TV this year. The subject of Monday's program will be Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. The program explains how Freud pioneered the technique of psychoanalysis, and it looks at Freud's investigations into the internal conflicts between the conscious and unconscious. As you know from taking this class, Freud split the psyche into three parts: the id, the ego and the super ego. The program covers this fairly well, and everything is illustrated with great computer animation that makes the explanations really easy to grasp. One more thing I like is that Freud's controversial ideas are shown without bias, for the narrative is fair and balanced, as well as scholarly. There are no 'Freud lovers' or 'Freud bashers' here. You really should make an effort to watch this show, especially since some questions about Sigmund Freud will be on the quiz next Tuesday. But more than that, I think you will find the hour-long show to be both interesting and informative. By the way, it says here in the program notes that the following week's program will be about Carl Jung. I just hope that it's as good and evenhanded as this one is about Sigmund Freud. Well, that's all I have for today. Tomorrow is a holiday, so I will see you Monday afternoon. Oh, and please make sure you bring in your homework when I see you next time. Bye and have a good holiday!


1.) What are the 3 parts of the psyche?
a) psychoanalysis, ego, psyche
b) id, ego, superego
c) superego, psyche, Freud

2.) What makes the explanations easy to understand?
a) the person speaks slowly
b) computer images
c) dictionary definitions

3.) Why does the teacher want the students to watch the tv program?
a) the talk will be interesting
b) some questions from it will be on the quiz
c) they need to know about psychoanalysis

4. Where would you most likely hear this talk?
A In an English class
B In an arithmetic class
C In a psychology class
D In a physical education class

5. When does this conversation take place?
A Monday
B Tuesday
C Wednesday
D Thursday

6. What does the speaker like about the program?
A It is fair.
B It is biased.
C It is overly-long.
D It is controversial.

7. What can be said about the ideas presented in the TV program?
A They have evoked romantic feelings.
B They have been the subject of debate.
C They have made some people egotistical.
D They have rendered some people unconscious.

1. = "B";
2. = "B";
3. = "B";
4. = "C";
5. = "D";
6. = "A";
7. = "B";