Identity, Youth, and Crisis Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 aspects of Freud's theory of development does a functional ego integrate?

2. Considering the relationship between personal and historical identity formation, how can this relationship be described?

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

4. What is the core part of identity formation that cannot be separated from this formation?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do social scientists attempt to narrow the term identity down?

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

3. What does Erikson suggest should our implicit scheme include in addition to growth?

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

5. What is Erikson state that he cannot accept Freud's notion that neurotic conflict is not different from normative conflict?

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

7. Why might it be reasonable to think pathological and developmental aspects of identity?

8. How does Erikson think acute identity confusion manifests?

9. What does Erikson mean by the term psychosocial moratorium?

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

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

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 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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