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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of self is clear when examining Freud's dreams?

2. What are two characteristics Erikson applies to the task of the ego in order to maintain and organize its existence?

3. What does Erikson state is the first age of identity development involve in terms of conflict?

4. What term does Erikson use to describe the fluctuation of ego strength and high growth potential?

5. In Chapter 2, what does Erikson feel about how psychologists treat social dynamics and external social elements?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Erikson suggest it is a good thing that the term crisis no longer means solely a bad event?

3. How does Erikson think acute identity confusion manifests?

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

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

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

7. What does Erikson suggests will happen if the youth do not grow up?

8. According to Erikson's discussion in Chapter 4, how might a culture contribute to identity confusion?

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

10. What was Freud's focus of theorizing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the term "sense of basic trust" and discuss what this means to an infant in the beginning stages of identity development. How is stressed formed and what happens if trust is not formed? How are later stages affected by the successful or unsuccessful initiation of positive identity development? Use the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of using case history to develop a theory of identity. Is this method valid? Why or why not? What other methods could be used in developing valid theory of identity development?

Essay Topic 3

Erikson's discussion on the differences of identity between youth today and those of 20 years ago focuses on the fact that today's youth may suffer more identity crisis than those of the past. Provide evidence from the reading that support this theory. Based on the reading, what factors do you feel play a major role in today's youth being unable to effectively form a positive self identity? Explain your answer.

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