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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. When does Erikson feel individuals develop trust?
(a) Their needs are met.
(b) They are around good people.
(c) They trust themselves.
(d) When they face a difficult situation.

2. According to Erikson in Chapter 2, what occurs when the ego combines elements that result in an inability to form a positive self-image?
(a) No identity formation.
(b) Stereotyping.
(c) Ego synthesis fails.
(d) Negative identity formation.

3. What does Shaw find his childhood exposures to have been?
(a) Intrusively noisy.
(b) Extraordinary.
(c) Enlightening.
(d) Destructive.

4. What may be gained as an individual enters Erikson's final stage of development when their overall development has been positive and healthy?
(a) Peace.
(b) Hopelessness.
(c) Wisdom.
(d) Reflection.

5. In the early 20th century, totalitarian disposition is best understood as what?
(a) The self as separate from others.
(b) A universal human related to all parts of human nature.
(c) Community needs.
(d) It was not understood at all.

Short Answer Questions

1. What style of identity combines medieval conception of community with modern disobedience and nonviolence?

2. What does Erikson suggest offers simplified perspectives in order to avoid confusion of societal beliefs and goals?

3. What does Erikson believe is an intrinsic part of maturation?

4. Why does Erikson warn the reader not to expect any solid development of mythology in terms of integrating the work on identity over the past two decades?

5. Erikson states that we deal with the process located in the core of the individual and where else?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Erikson feel is significant about the adolescent identity crisis?

2. What are some unique characteristics discussed at the beginning of Chapter 4 concerning George Bernard Shaw?

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

4. How does Erikson think acute identity confusion manifests?

5. According to Erikson, what is our earliest undifferentiated sense of identity?

6. According to Erikson, why might it be petty to attempt to define "identity" or "identity crisis"?

7. What was Freud's focus of theorizing?

8. What is Erikson feel that the process of identity formation is the process of increasing differentiation?

9. What does Erikson suggest is immune to the failure of ego synthesis?

10. When does Erikson state, concerning James and Shaw, that the adolescent process ended?

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