Suffolk County Community College

 

PSY-210  Lifespan Psychology                                            Prof. R. Morse                                      

 

Berger 8th Ed. Ch 25 Practice Questions

 

The Multiple Choice questions that follow are taken from a Test Bank developed by Kathleen Stassen Berger, the author of our textbook.  The answers to these questions can be obtained by sending me an e-mail with your proposed answer key.  Some of these questions will appear on your Final exam.

1.

Marge was asked to select a cherished object from her life. She chose a small tarnished picture frame with a photo of her mother and herself when she was a girl. Her selection demonstrated her attempt to:

 

A)

portray her object as a valued antique.

 

B)

be young again.

 

C)

hold on to her identity.

 

D)

resolve deep issues she had with her mother.

 

2.

Which of the following statements about selective optimization with compensation is true?

 

A)

It involves older adults figuring out how to accomplish what they want despite their limitations.

 

B)

Older adults who use it have poor self-efficacy.

 

C)

It was first emphasized by Freud and Erikson.

 

D)

It expects that older adults will attempt to continue to do everything they have always done.

 

3.

Polly effusively describes her youth and earlier adulthood as “perfect,” having had many wonderful experiences, a loving family, and good friends. She is demonstrating:

 

A)

the positivity effect.

 

B)

mild dementia.

 

C)

the self-fulfilling prophecy.

 

D)

side-effects of her medication.

 

4.

Andre's wife of 45 years recently suffered a stroke and required daily in-home care. Typical of men his age whose spouse requires additional care, Andre:

 

A)

arranged for his daughter to temporarily move in.

 

B)

retired from his job to care for her.

 

C)

began working more hours to pay for her care.

 

D)

visited several nursing homes before he selected one for her.

 

5.

An accumulation of problems that make a person vulnerable to serious disease is:

 

A)

allostatic load

 

B)

weathering

 

C)

life expectancy

 

D)

mortality

 

6.

Advantages of volunteer work are strongest when volunteering occurs in moderation—on average, ______ hours per week.

 

A)

20

 

B)

10

 

C)

5

 

D)

2

 

7.

What proportion of adults over the age of 65 do no volunteer work?

 

A)

1/2

 

B)

1/4

 

C)

3/4

 

D)

1/3

 

8.

Where is an elderly person most likely to prefer to live?

 

A)

a planned retirement community

 

B)

Florida

 

C)

his or her own home

 

D)

nursing homes

 

9.

When older Americans move, they are most likely to move:

 

A)

not far from their old residence.

 

B)

to a new community.

 

C)

to a different state.

 

D)

to a place where they can meet new friends.

 

10.

The term “social convoy” refers to the truism that:

 

A)

he who travels fastest travels alone.

 

B)

it is not healthy to spend time alone.

 

C)

we travel through life in the company of others.

 

D)

we need a strong leader in times of conflict.

 

11.

Compared to single older adults, elderly partners tend to be:

 

A)

happier and wealthier.

 

B)

happier but poorer.

 

C)

poorer and less happy.

 

D)

similar with regard to happiness and wealth.

 

12.

Compared to younger couples, older couples in long-term marriages:

 

A)

have more conflict.

 

B)

are less emotionally intense.

 

C)

have more frequent sex.

 

D)

are closer.

 

13.

Ed and Janet have been married for 60 years. When asked to share their secret to a long marriage, Ed replied:

 

A)

“We spend time apart every day.”

 

B)

“We have learned how to disagree.”

 

C)

“We maintain a close relationship with our children.”

 

D)

“We have separate bedrooms.”

 

14.

Elderly people's relationships with members of younger generations:

 

A)

are usually positive but can also include tension and conflict.

 

B)

are usually negative but can also have some bright spots.

 

C)

depend on how much younger the younger people are.

 

D)

are usually good with their grandchildren but strained with their adult children.

 

15.

Brad has added a room to his house in anticipation of his elderly parents moving in with him. As the oldest son, he feels obligated to provide care for them out of a sense of:

 

A)

filial responsibility.

 

B)

family ethics.

 

C)

guilt.

 

D)

satisfaction in spending their final years together.

 

16.

With regard to their grown children, most elderly people:

 

A)

are more likely to give financial support than to receive it.

 

B)

try to control their children's lives.

 

C)

lose interest in their children.

 

D)

withdraw from family connections.

 

17.

Mrs. Smith lives in the same house as her grandchildren and cares for them every day. Her grandparenting is:

 

A)

surrogate.

 

B)

remote.

 

C)

involved.

 

D)

companionate.

 

18.

Most contemporary grandparents in the United States prefer which style?

 

A)

involved

 

B)

remote

 

C)

traditional

 

D)

companionate

 

19.

Mrs. Williams's grandchildren live with her because their parents are both drug addicts. She is now considered a(n):

 

A)

involved grandparent.

 

B)

surrogate parent.

 

C)

remote grandparent.

 

D)

companionate parent.

 

20.

The most important buffer against the loss that comes from retirement and widowhood is having:

 

A)

several grandchildren.

 

B)

at least one close friend.

 

C)

children who live nearby.

 

D)

neighbors who live nearby.