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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 Erikson state that childhood and youth predispose men to?
(a) Confused identities.
(b) Structure.
(c) Childlike wonder.
(d) Totalitarianism.

2. As discussed by Erikson in Chapter 2, what occurs when a system either biological or social malfunctions?
(a) Identity loss.
(b) Confusion.
(c) Pathology.
(d) Restart of identity formation.

3. What do most new generations confront as a result of scientific and technological changes?
(a) Possibilities for artificial wisdom.
(b) Increased identity confusion.
(c) A repeat of the past.
(d) Radically new possibilities and forms of thought.

4. When does the normative crisis of identity formation occur?
(a) As a toddler.
(b) As an adult.
(c) With mother and baby.
(d) Adolescence.

5. Because of an individual's tendency to define self based on history, what does Erikson think this self-based history leave little room for the individual to create?
(a) New understanding.
(b) New identity.
(c) New support systems.
(d) New traditions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does George Bernard Shaw despise?

2. What was William James obsessed with his entire life?

3. Considering Erikson's stages of identity development, how long does a six stage of identity development last?

4. After James' long identity crisis, what did he decide to be?

5. In Chapter 2, Foundations and Observation, during his discussion on group identity, what group of people does Erikson observe group changes to make his point?

Short Essay Questions

1. Considering Erikson's theory of identity development, how does the parent's tendency to remain stuck in adolescents affect youth's identity development?

2. How does introjection help the ego grow in Erikson's theory of identity development?

3. What does Erikson mean by the term psychosocial moratorium?

4. How does Erikson use child training to describe group identity formation?

5. According to Erikson, why is early adolescents signified by feelings of initiative or guilt?

6. What is Erikson suggest that the development of trust or mistrust in the first age and identity development is the cornerstone of an individual's personality?

7. What does Erikson suggest that historical periods usually offer a limited number of models in order to develop identity?

8. Why does Erikson suggest that the second stage of identity development is a period of letting go?

9. What is Erikson state that he cannot accept Freud's notion that neurotic conflict is not different from normative conflict?

10. How do social scientists attempt to narrow the term identity down?

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