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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 do youth desire as they go through Erikson's stages of identity development?
(a) Similar identities.
(b) Acceptance from society.
(c) Dissonance.
(d) Unique identities.

2. Why does Erikson think the black identity has been confused?
(a) Negativity of black writers.
(b) Historical events.
(c) Many do not fully understand identity.
(d) Lack of study of this population.

3. What type of groups, as proposed by Erikson, often play on the various needs of youth?
(a) Schools.
(b) Parents.
(c) Community organizations.
(d) Political undergrounds.

4. According to Erikson, what action by youth may lead to dangerous behaviors?
(a) Doubting elders.
(b) Not seeking support during identity development.
(c) Trying to gain independence.
(d) Thinking they know everything.

5. Interpreting Freud's theory, what does Erikson feel occurs when the ego resists integrating into new environments?
(a) Identity confusion.
(b) Identity displacement.
(c) Identity resistance.
(d) Identity loss.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Erikson say about the absence of black fathers?

2. What does Erikson suggest occurs in institutionalized settings such as a hospital with regard to identity?

3. Throughout the stages of Erikson's theory of identity development, what happens if youth do not take advantage of the wisdom elders have to share?

4. Who does Erikson suggest black be integrated with?

5. How does Erikson say black males have been exploited?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Erikson, why are youth so sensitive to the identities of the past?

2. What is Erikson state that it is difficult for black mothers to push their children to be educated?

3. In referring to Erikson's theory of racial identity development, how are the negative self images of minorities unintentionally reinforced by the majority?

4. What is the overriding issue concerning Erikson's proposal of ideologies and identity development?

5. What role does the psychoanalyst play in helping an individual in terms of developing identity according to the theory set forth by Erikson?

6. The why does Erikson feel that anatomy is destiny?

7. What is unique about a revolution or awareness of identity as discussed by Erikson in chapter eight "Race and Wider Identity"?

8. Why does Erikson think that biology is shallow and inaccurate?

9. In Chapter 5, why has Erikson replace the term identity confusion with identity diffusion?

10. According to Erikson, why is preoccupation with identity the symptom of alienation?

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