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 preparation.
It is possible that a small number of items from these sample items may appear on the midterm and final exams.
1) Insight problems generally provide all the information needed to discover the solution; however, to solve
the problem a participant must ________________________.
a) restructure the information to see the solution
b) follow a specific sequence of instructions
c) decompose the initial solution into smaller parts
d) develop a series of subgoals that lead to the solution
2) Newell and Simon’s General Problem Solver (GPS) attempts to reduce the distance between ______ and
a) the current state; the goal state
b) the condition; the action
c) the data structure; the evaluation function
d) mindless strategies; mindful strategies
3) According to your textbook, in the face of unexpected findings, successful researchers will _______.
a) ask a different question
b) ignore them and continue to doggedly p