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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 style of identity combines medieval conception of community with modern disobedience and nonviolence?

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

3. What does Erikson feel may have been lost to modernity?

4. How the James decide he could strengthen his ego?

5. According to Erikson, what stage is highly dependent on and individuals and ability to gain acceptance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What is Erikson suggest that the Western sense of identity has been weakened?

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

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

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

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

8. What is Erikson use personal communications by two prominent psychologists in his opening discussion of identity?

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

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

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 suggests that wholeness generates basic trust; however, the notion of a totalitarian state suggests indoctrination and control. Discuss how these two concepts wholeness and a totalitarian state coexist as means for the ultimate identity development. Use information from the book to support human characteristics that serve to allow a totalitarian as well as Erickson's notion that the totalitarian state is the state to end all states.

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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