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 state is difficult for black mothers in terms of their children?

2. In Chapter 8, what does Erikson suggest is a natural characteristic of identity?

3. According to Erikson, what action by youth may lead to dangerous behaviors?

4. What does Erikson suggest occurs in institutionalized settings such as a hospital with regard to identity?

5. Based on Freud's theory of identity, Ego identity results in two actions, one of which is synthesizing the frontiers of the ego; what is the other action?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Erikson state that is so difficult for black youth to find their identity?

3. Why does Erikson believe political underground groups often target youth?

4. What aspects are involved in defining the ego?

5. What is the difference between the Ego and "I"?

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

7. According to Erikson what is necessary for a woman to form her identity?

8. What does the process of identity confirmation include?

9. What does Erikson think is different about the male and female focus of identity?

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

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

The Erikson discusses that identity development of women. Outline the history of women's identity that has resulted in the current collective identity of women. Begin from that late 18th century and go to the present.

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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