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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. Considering Erikson's stages of identity development, how long does a six stage of identity development last?

2. In Chapter 2, Foundations and Observation, during his discussion on group identity, what group of people does Erikson observe group changes to make his point?

3. In the beginning of the 20th century, what demonstrated the possibility to destroy human kind?

4. In developing Erikson' theory of group identity, what two processes must the ego consist of that assist in defining both body in community membership?

5. What does it mean when the author states, "to review the concept of identity"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Considering group identity developing, in light of Erikson's stages of development, how do individuals make group decisions in order to ease the pressures of making difficult decisions?

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

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

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

9. Why is a feeling of wholeness by the final stages of Erikson's identity development necessary in creating a positive identity?

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

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

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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