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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 is unique about each stage of Erikson's stages of identity development?

2. What is present within each period of Erikson's theory of identity development?

3. According to the discussion in Chapter 2, the process of the ego helps individuals maintain their personalities and what type of fashion?

4. According to Erikson in Chapter 2, what does personal identity focus on?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Erikson mean when he refers to the adaptive ego?

3. According to Erikson, what is our earliest undifferentiated sense of identity?

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

5. Why does Erikson suggest that the second stage of identity development is a period of letting go?

6. Why does Erikson's notion of identity resistance often occur and therapy?

7. 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?

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

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

10. What is unique about a revolution or awareness of identity as discussed by Erikson in chapter eight "Race and Wider Identity"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In discussing the development of identity, Erikson briefly mentions the problem of early childhood development and the high presence of female teachers. Why is this situation problematic? What might teachers do to reduce problems in development during this time?

Essay Topic 2

In the prologue, Erikson discusses the story about an old man who vomits daily. What is the significance of this story in terms of this man's identity? How can the story be used to further define or explain identity of an individual or culture?

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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