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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 Erikson's theory suggest concerning how children gain a sense of what their adult identities should be?

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

3. How does Erikson suggest men were able to end the adolescent process?

4. During the fourth stage of Erikson's theory of development, what occurs when an individual is successful?

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. Why does Erikson suggest that understanding identity requires understanding the development of identity?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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