SAMPLE EXAM ITEMS
The following sample exam items are provided for you to use while studying for this course. I
recommend using them first for self-testing: Treat them as if they were part of an actual exam, try to
answer them correctly, and then check your responses with the answers provided at the bottom of the
page. This exercise can give you a feel for the nature of exams in this course and the state of your
It is possible that a small number of items from these sample items may appear on the midterm and
1) The work of Weaver on the start of the Iraq war and Talarico and Rubin on the World Trade Center
attack indicates that flashbulb memories are _________ ordinary memories and that people
a) just as accurate as; certain they are more accurate than their ordinary memories
b) more accurate than; confident they are in fact more accurate
c) less accurate than; convinced they are less accurate than their ordinary memories
d) just as accurate as; convinced they are less accurate than their ordinary memories
2) When reading a story, it is most likely we will remember the _______ and least likely to remember
a) style and structure of the writing; meaning or gist of the story
b) exact verbs used to describe characters; the names of characters
c) meaning or gist of the story; style and structure of the writing
d) middle of the story; beginning of the story
3) The difference between a schema and a script is that a schema is an organized mass of memories
that provide a guide to our behavior, whereas a script is ______________.
a) the proper sequence of steps that should be carried out in a particular situation
b) the range of possible alternatives we have available to us in most settings
c) the phrases that we have used in the past in particular setting
d) an acceptable dialogue between two individuals in a particular setting
4) Which of the following is not true of the Tip-of-the-Tongue-Phenomenon?
a) More likely in older than younger people.
b) People are usually able to correctly guess the first letter of the word.
c) Recall always happens after one stops trying to recall the word.
d) Incorrect guesses are similar to the target in meaning or sound.
5) Which of the following is true of sensory memory:
a) sensory memory has a small capacity
b) sensory memory has a long duration
c) sensory memory is modality bound
d) sensory memory does not really exist
6) Your ability to know that 3 x 6 = 18 is mainly due to:
a) episodic memory
b) sensory memory
c) semantic memory
d) procedural memory 7) In Quillian’s model of semantic memory, the greater the distance you have to travel along the
network to find an answer to a