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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 is difficult for black mothers in terms of their children?
(a) Let them go through the stages of development.
(b) Teach them about identity.
(c) Keep them educated.
(d) Allow them to search for their own identity.

2. What does Erikson say must not happen with strong black mothers?
(a) They must continue their struggles.
(b) They must not be negatively stereotyped.
(c) They must not be so overbearing.
(d) They must not be positively stereotyped.

3. What elements of Erikson's theory must be balanced in order to avoid obsessiveness and relativism?
(a) Priorities.
(b) Ideals.
(c) Family.
(d) Morals.

4. What does Erikson risk in plotting a new course of understanding regarding identity and ego development?
(a) There are no risks.
(b) Being one sided.
(c) Offending other scientists.
(d) Finding the truth.

5. What, according to Erikson, is destructive for blacks?
(a) Group identity.
(b) Positive identity.
(c) Negative identity.
(d) Gender identity.

Short Answer Questions

1. In terms of Erikson's theory of identity development, what is one notion that youth resist?

2. What does Erikson wish youth would search for?

3. In Chapter 8, what does Erikson suggest is a natural characteristic of identity?

4. What aspect of life does Erikson suggest women suffer over excessively?

5. What type of feelings does Erikson proposed are experienced by those in oppressed groups?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Erikson think is the driving force for the more inclusive identity?

5. What is Erikson feel that terms such as "I" or "self" are confusing?

6. How does Erikson propose a sketch of psychopathology can help make sense of a new identity?

7. What are the characteristics of youth leaders, in terms of Erikson's theory?

8. What is the difference between the Ego and "I"?

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

10. What does Erikson think is different about the male and female focus of identity?

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