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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. Concerning Erikson's theory, when identity development is negative, what type of personalities may occur during the second stage of development?

2. The ________ cannot coexist with the increase in advances in a technologically led culture?

3. What does Erikson state is the first age of identity development involve in terms of conflict?

4. What might gaining a stronger self identity correspond to in relation to the majority of the population?

5. What does Freud suggest a fearless freedom of thinking is?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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

In Freud's letter, he makes a comparison between positive identity and negative character traits. Why is this comparison significant? What does this suggest about identity? And do you think it applies today? Why or why not?

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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