Erikson Sample ExamSample Erikson questions with linked answers and page refs.

Psychology 109g
Doug Davis
Sample questions for Erikson Quiz

Some of these are actual items from previous quizzes in this class. Others are examples of the kind of multiple-choice or short-answer question I might ask. If you have any questions or concerns about these items, or about how to prepare for the exam -- or if you'd like to suggest questions or topics for inclusion in the exam -- please write.

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According to Erikson, the prototypical American "mom"'s attitude to her husband's sexuality is __

"American mothers stepped into the role of the __ as the __ abdicated their dominant place in the family."

"In mastering with a vengeance the expanses of a vast continent, Americans also learned to control the second autocrat, which was unexpectedly met with by the free sons: the __."

Erikson's type-sketch of an adolescent American boy ("Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, of the white-collar class") describes his dominant defense mechanism as __, and suggests that in his early childhood his mother "deliberately __ him sexually and emotionally."

"The adolescent swings of the American youth do not overtly concern the father, nor the matter of authority, by focus rather on __."

Commenting on American character, Erikson suggests that a "native polarity of aristocracy and mobocracy" was synthesized in the leadership of __.

The son of the bombardier (Erikson) liked to __ as a means of expressing his __.

Give three of the six characteristics of "genital utopia," according to Erikson:

Would Freud agree with Erikson's definition of successful genitality? __

In Ann's story, the pencils deal with which modality:

  1. getting/giving
  2. taking
  3. holding on/letting go
  4. making
  5. moving

Myrtle is important in Peter's case because __________ & _________ (select the two best)

  1. she was trying to toilet train him
  2. she [said she] liked babies better
  3. she was pregnant
  4. she pampered him
  5. she tolerated aggression (p. 56)

Peter needs to resolve which psychosexual mode:

  1. passive incorporation
  2. active incorporation
  3. retention
  4. elimination
  5. intrusion

The big change accompanying the industry/inferiority stage is:

  1. weaning
  2. toilet training
  3. going to school
  4. separation from the mother
  5. learning to walk

The big change accompanying the initiative vs guilt stage is:

  1. weaning
  2. toilet training
  3. going to school
  4. separation from the mother
  5. learning to walk

Stage : virtue :: trust/mistrust : ____

  1. hope
  2. love
  3. care
  4. wisdom
  5. fidelity

Jean's troubles stemmed from (pick the two best)

  1. a bout with tuberculosis
  2. separation from her mother
  3. penis-envy
  4. thinking her hands were bad
  5. a nurse who liked baby boys better

The Marine's war neurosis stemmed from factors related to each of Erikson's three perspectives. Pick the best example of each factor.

  1. loss of group identity and control
  2. metalic noises
  3. feeling expendible
  4. fever
  5. a breadkown of his picture of himself
  6. being a medic but unable to help others

Ann's toy dog is most important because:

  1. it also soils itself and therefore represents her
  2. it represents her fear of death
  3. it represents her fear of punishment
  4. it is her friend and represents play
  5. she gives it to Erikson

Erikson's chart is intended to convey the __ character of development, in which every stage builds on the stages that preceded it and anticipates the stage to follow it.

Erikson's stage which includes a primary influence on socially vaued productivity and creativity is called __ vs. __.

The stage at which Erikson"s theory deviates from Freud is called ____ by Freud and ____ by Erikson. Freud claims that during this stage, there is no substantial ego development.

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boredom {cf. rejection, aversion}. (p. 290)

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grandfathers ... fathers (p. 295)

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machine (p. 305)

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self restriction ... under-stimulated (p. 308)

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his [sic] peers (p. 318)

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (p. 287)

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set fires

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initiative (or identification with father) (pp. 238-241)

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(see p. 266).

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Probably (sigh)

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getting/giving (p. 50)

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she tolerated aggression (p. 56) and she [said she] liked babies better (p. 57)

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elimination (pp. 55-56)

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going to school (pp. 256ff.)

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learning to walk (p. 255)

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hope (p. 274)

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separation from her mother (p. 197) ... thinking her hands were bad (p. 206) ****************************

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it represents her fear of punishment (p. 51)

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epigenetic

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generativity vs. stagnation (p. 267)

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latency

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Industry (Inferiority)