Power Up: Focus on Psychology & Linguistics: Pretest

This is the diagnostic pretest for the Power Up: Focus on Psychology & Linguistics, the sixth of NAQT’s line of Power Up study guides.

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  1. Subjects judged the lengths of lines in an experiment performed by Solomon Asch on what group phenomenon?
  2. What law describes a series of sound changes beginning with voiceless stops becoming voiceless fricatives, which affected the Germanic languages?
  3. The James-Lange theory and the Cannon-Bard theory are approaches to what psychological phenomenon?
  4. Categories such as ISTJ and ESFJ are possible results on what personality test?
  5. What stage, in which children develop object permanence, is the first of the four stages in Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development?
  6. What university was the site of an experiment whose subjects played the roles of prisoners and guards, conducted by Philip Zimbardo?
  7. Kurt Koffka and Max Wertheimer are members of what psychological school, which started in Germany in the early 20th century?
  8. What thinker hypothesized that human psychology is driven by patterns called archetypes, including the animus and the anima?
  9. What component joins the ego and the superego in Sigmund Freud’s theory of the psyche?
  10. The Celtic, Romance, and Germanic language families all belong to what larger language family?
  11. What psychologist had subjects deliver fake electric shocks to a learner in his obedience experiment?
  12. What linguist outlined his theory of generative grammar in the book Syntactic Structures?
  13. Self-actualization is at the top of what pyramidal construct devised by Abraham Maslow?
  14. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance are the five stages in a popular model of what psychological process?
  15. What Austrian psychoanalyst who broke from Freud argued for the importance of the inferiority complex in psychology?
  16. What psychologist used classical conditioning to make dogs salivate when they heard the ringing of a bell?
  17. John B. Watson and B. F. Skinner adopted what psychological approach, which focuses on observable actions rather than mental phenomena?
  18. The Stanford-Binet test and the Wonderlic test are used to measure what value?
  19. The phonological loop and the visuospatial sketchpad are components of the “working” form of what faculty?
  20. What Swiss linguist distinguished between the synchronic and diachronic study of language in his book Course in General Linguistics?

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