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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 does Freud suggest a fearless freedom of thinking is?

2. Erikson feels that Freud's intellect is a gift that stems from what?

3. What do most new generations confront as a result of scientific and technological changes?

4. In order to create a positive ego what does Erikson state must be tested?

5. Erikson notes that James' youth was full of emotional strains in struggles for what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the role of ideologies and identity development?

10. How do parents trigger transference in the formulation of evil ego identity as children move through Erikson's developmental stages?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This book was originally published in 1968, concerning Erikson's views on women, their position in the world, and identity development, are these you still relevant and practical in today's society? Provide support for your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Why does Erikson suggest that true intimacy can only occur after positive identity formation? What does this theory suggest about intimacy as a whole? What is the counterpart of intimacy and how does this play into the concept of intimacy and identity formation?

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