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) The work of Spearman divided the concept of intelligence into two parts: _____________.
a) verbal and math abilities
b) language and reasoning abilities
c) general (g) and specific (s) factors
d) abstract (a) and concrete (c) factors
2) Sternberg’s triarchic theory includes all but which of the following?
a) Analytical intelligence.
b) Lexical intelligence.
c) Practical intelligence.
d) Creative intelligence.
3) Research by Ericsson and Charness (1994) on the amount of practice time logged by experts and Maguire
and colleagues (2003) on brain structure of experts and novices suggests that expertise _______________.
a) is innate determined
b) is a function of experience
c) mostly innate but needing an environmental trigger
d) diminishes after 10 years
4) Given that you have passed by the same people getting to your seat for class lecture every day this semester,
you may find you have more positive feelings toward them than people that are in the class but you have
never passed on the way to your seat. This effect is called _____