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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. Erikson states that we deal with the process located in the core of the individual and where else?

2. Why was Erikson so impressed with Shaw?

3. At what stage in Erikson's theory of development may an individual begin to lose confidence or identity and enter period of listlessness?

4. Because of an individual's tendency to define self based on history, what does Erikson think this self-based history leave little room for the individual to create?

5. What may be gained as an individual enters Erikson's final stage of development when their overall development has been positive and healthy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Erikson think acute identity confusion manifests?

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

5. What is Erikson suggest that the development of trust or mistrust in the first age and identity development is the cornerstone of an individual's personality?

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

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

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

9. According to Erikson, why is early adolescents signified by feelings of initiative or guilt?

10. According to Erikson, why might it be petty to attempt to define "identity" or "identity crisis"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the ego, the Id, the superego and environment are counterweights of each other and how they work together in identity formation. Include in your discussion the notion of "I" and what effect "I" has on these elements of identity.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In his discussion of youth their identity development, Erikson references for virtue in terms of "inherent strength" and "active equality." What is the role of virtue in youth identity development? Discuss why virtue is a necessary component of this development.

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