ACT Reading 1.1 Social Science Passage
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ACT Reading: Social Science Passage Drill 1, Problem 1. According to Freud, how were dreams understood in what he refers to as the "prescientific days"?
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before science," societies tended to explain dreams as divine or supernatural manifestations.
In other words, they thought dreams were messages from the gods. Now, all we have to do... is
isolate the answer that agrees with Freud.
If people thought that dreams were coming from the honest-to-god gods, then it's unlikely
that they'd think they were meaningless.
Answer (D) is incorrect.
If a person thinks their god is communicating with him or her, it's probably best not
to say its divine messages are "ridiculous," or absurd. There might be consequences.
(C) is off the list.
Freud does say that ancient people believed that sometimes dreams came from "demonical,"
or evil forces. So they weren't necessarily always good things.
He doesn't say that people from pre-scientific times believed that dreams themselves were
symptoms of illness, though. Therefore, we can eliminate answer (B).
Choice (A) correctly restates Freud's point about the take on dreams before the reign
of science, making it the right answer.
Wonder if Freud was ever... California Dreamin' on such a winter's day...