SLG MOCK MIDTERM
FOR PRACTICE ONLY
50 MULTIPLE CHOICE SAMPLE QUESTIONS
IMPORTANT: It is most beneficial to you to write this mock midterm UNDER EXAM
CONDITIONS. This means:
• Complete the mock midterm in 60 minutes
• Work on your own
• Keep your notes and textbook closed.
• Attempt every question
After the 60 minute time limit, go back over your work with a different colour pen or pencil and
try to do the questions you are unsure of. Record your ideas in the margins to remind yourself of
what you were thinking when we discuss the practice questions as a group next week.
The purpose of this mock midterm is to give you practice answering questions in a timed setting
and to help you to gauge which aspects of the course content you know well and which are in
need of further development and review. Use this mock midterm as a learning tool in preparing
for the actual midterm.
This mock midterm will be reviewed at the following SLG sessions:
Please keep in mind that an answer key will not be provided.
Disclaimer: Please note that this ‘mock midterm’ was prepared by students. There may be errors
that are not evident unless you attend SLG sessions. This is designed to help you study for the
midterm, but it is NOT A REPLACEMENT for study.
1. According to _____, our perceptions are organized and processed in such a way that they
are greater than and different from the simple incoming sensory information.
a. biological psychologists
d. gestalt psychology
2. A tentative explanation or prediction about some phenomenon is called a______.
3. Apparently having a few too many rocks in their heads, Fred and Wilma Flintstone let
daughter Pebbles hang out to all hours with boyfriend Bamm-Bamm. They allow her to let her
bedroom become a filthy, rotting mess of empty pizza boxes, and, when she comes home after
winning the title of Miss Bedrock, ignore her pleas for praise in order to concentrate on planning
their latest trip to Rock Vegas. Fred and Wilma’s parenting style would best be described as
a. Authoritarian b. Authoritative
4. The ability to apply previously learned knowledge to current problems that heavily
involves verbal reasoning and factual knowledge is called ___ intelligence.
5. Inherited traits are to learned habits as the ________ perspective is to the ________
a. behavioral; social-cultural
b. evolutionary; behavioral
c. social-cultural; neuroscience
d. neuroscience; evolutionary
6. _______ is the principle that basic properties of objects stay the same even though their
outward appearance may change.
7. The strongest of the following correlations is:
a. b. c. d.
– 0.79 + 0.67 – 0.99 0.00
8. The early school of psychology known as functionalism was developed by:
a. Sigmund Freud
b. Wilhelm Wundt
c. William James
d. John B. Watson
9. Controversial research by Philippe Rushton examined racial differences on over 60
measures including intelligence and a host of physical and social variables. He suggested that
there was a consistent pattern with individuals of_______decent scoring the highest, those
of______decent the lowest and______fell in the middle.
a. b. c.
East Asian; African; Caucasian Caucasian; East Asian; African African; Caucasian; East
Asian Caucasian; African; East Asian
10. The prenatal period that begins approximately 2 months after conception and continues until
birth is known as the ____.
a. zygote stage
b. embryonic period
c. fetal period
d. germinal phase 11. Only having one peak in a frequency distribution is ______
a. Abnormal distribution
12. Karl Lashley investigated the brain mechanisms involved in learning by _____.
a. Measuring the EEG activity in trained and untrained animals
b. Damaging specific brain areas of animals to observe how this impacted learning and memory
c. Studying neurological differences between intelligent and unintelligent mice
d. Severing frog’s legs and applying an electrical current to it to observe the leg moving
13. Adolescent egocentrism occurs when ___________:
a. Adolescents overestimate the uniqueness of their feelings and experiences
b. Adolescents engage in reckless activity
c. Adolescents feel that they are always “on stage”
d. All of the above
e. Both a) and c)
14. Occasionally parents will sacrifice their lives in order to ensure the survival of their children.
Someone associated with socio-biology would argue that these instances _______.
a. Occur because genetic survival (of people who share your genes) is more important than
b. Occur because of the cultural and societal reinforcement of altruistic behaviour
c. Are due to innate altruistic drives within every human being
d. Are due to the conflict between unconscious psychological forces and psychological defenses
15. During a conversation with a friend Suzanne starts to get angry but this is an emotion that she
considers inappropriate and childish. As a result, instead of noticing her own anger, she
unknowingly starts to believe that her friend is becoming angry and excited, even though her
friend is doing no such thing. This example best demonstrates the defense mechanism of ____.
a. reaction formation
16. A social psychologist is interested in studying aggression in sports fans. He goes to various
sporting events and keeps track of the number of aggressive acts that occur between fans using a
well-defined coding system. This psychologist is using ______ to measure behaviour.
a. A self-report measure
b. A physiological measure
c. A behavioural observation
d. The double-blind method
17. Trying to determine why men cheat on their wives, a research psychologist studies Bill
Clinton in an in-depth analysis. This psychologist is using the ______ method of study.
d. Case study 18. Vgotsky believed that _____________.
a. Development occurs in discrete stages for everyone
b. Cognitive development depends on the people in a child’s world and the tools that the culture
provides to support thinking.
c. The learning of language does not influence cognitive development
d. Children should learn on their own and should not be assisted
19. Dringenberg and his colleagues at Queens University examined the effects of alcohol on
prenatal development. Because of ethical concerns they used guinea pigs rather than humans. In
this experiment, prenatal development was the ______ variable.
20. Dr. Gonzalez has just completed a correlation study where he found a strong association
between parental expectations and child academic achievement. In other words, children who
perform well in school tend to have parents who have high expectations for their children.
However, Dr Gonzalez can’t tell which variable causes the other. It may be that high expectations
cause children to perform better but it may be that children who perform better in school cause
their parents have higher expectations. This particular problem in know as ______.
a. The bidirectional causality problem
b. The third variable problem
c. Poor external validity
d. The experimenter expectancy effect
21. When Tommy’s mother hides his favorite toy under a blanket, he acts as though it no longer
exists and makes no attempt to retrieve it. Tommy is clearly in Piaget’s ____ stage.
b. concrete operational
d. formal operational
22. The education act in all provinces in Canada states that
a. disadvantaged students must be integrated into the regular classroom
b. gifted students must be integrated into the regular classroom
c. both disadvantaged and gifted students must be integrated into the regular