Identity, Youth, and Crisis Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 suggest is in the domain of the inter agency that produces a coherent existence?

2. What two components within Erikson's theory are important for youth to base their identities on?

3. In order to successful integration to occur what does Erikson feel must fit together?

4. How does feminists often react during times of identity development and social change, as proposed in Erikson's theory?

5. What type of groups, as proposed by Erikson, often play on the various needs of youth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What aspects are involved in defining the ego?

3. What does Erikson think is the driving force for the more inclusive identity?

4. What is Erikson feel that terms such as "I" or "self" are confusing?

5. According to Erikson, why is preoccupation with identity the symptom of alienation?

6. In Chapter 5, why has Erikson replace the term identity confusion with identity diffusion?

7. What is Erikson state that it is difficult for black mothers to push their children to be educated?

8. The why does Erikson feel that anatomy is destiny?

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

10. According to post-Freudian theory, how is culture developed around women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Is identity formation guaranteed with age? If yes, discuss the result of identity formation on the elderly? If no, discuss what is necessary for this process to occur?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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