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 do many youth move back and forth between in terms of dysfunctional modes of Erikson's theory of identity development?

2. What does Erikson suggest is in the domain of the inter agency that produces a coherent existence?

3. Within the Erikson's system of the self-concept, what is produced by the ego?

4. What does Erikson feel about psychoanalysts' use of biology?

5. Why does Erikson state that remorseful majorities be watched?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What resulted from Marx-Freud polarization?

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

4. According to Erikson, why are youth so sensitive to the identities of the past?

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

6. What is the overriding issue concerning Erikson's proposal of ideologies and identity development?

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

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

9. What are the characteristics of youth leaders, in terms of Erikson's theory?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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