Practice test for Social Psychology 

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1.  Saul admits that he conforms so as to be liked by others. This is known as

•  compliance. 
 •  obedience. 
  •  informational social influence. 
   •  normative social influence.

2.  According to the text, in which of the following has groupthink 
been known to occur?

•  presidential elections 
 •  the fall of communism 
  •  mass suicides by cults 
   •  the sinking of the Titanic 
3.  Many businesses now require their employees to work in teams, believing that a group 
of four to five employees will accomplish more than four to five individuals working alone. 
This is an example of what concept?

•  social facilitation 
 •  social impairment 
  •  social loafing 
   •  social laziness

4.  Marie was approached by her neighbor asking her to adopt two to three kittens that where 
abandoned by their mother. While Maria refused to take three kittens, she did agree to adopt 
just one. What compliance technique did her neighbor use on Maria?

•  foot-in-in-the-door 
 •  door-in-the-face 
  •  lowball 
   •  double-face-in-the-door
5.  Which of the following people would probably not be a prime candidate for 
membership in a cult?

•  Lewis, who is mad at the world, especially his parents 
 •  Leticia, who is open to new ideas and wants world peace and harmony among people 
  •  Lauren, who is under a lot of stress and dissatisfied with her life 
   •  Lawrence, who has only a high school diploma but tends to be independent 
       and happy with his life
6.  Follow-up studies to Stanley Milgram's research have suggested that a teacher's willingness 
to deliver potentially lethal shocks may be more a product of__________ than obedience.

•  conformity 
 •  compliance 
  •  social identity 
   •  deindividuation
7.  The public services messages that encourage parents to sit down with their children 
and talk frankly about drugs are promoting which method of attitude formation?

•  direct contact 
 •  direct instruction 
  •  vicarious conditioning 
   •  observational learning

8.  Researchers have found that a _________ degree of fear in a message makes it more 
effective, particularly when its combined with __________.

•  maximum: information about how to prevent the fearful consequence 
 •  minimum: threats 
  •  moderate; threats 
   •  moderate; information about how to prevent the fearful consequence

9.  Sandy was a juror in the trial for a man accused of stealing guns from a sporting 
goods store. The defendant was not very well spoken and came from a very poor 
background, but Sandy listened carefully to the evidence presented and made her 
decision based on that. Sandy was using __________ processing.

•  central-route 
 •  peripheral-route 
  •  cognitive-route 
   •  visual-route
10.  Which of the following should LaSonda avoid if she wants to reduce cognitive dissonance?

•  changing her behavior 
 •  changing her attitude 
  •  forming a completely new attitude 
   •  ignoring the conflict altogether

11.  Gerard goes to a job interview dressed in patched blue jeans, a torn T-shirt, and 
sandals. His hair is uncombed and he hasn't shaved in a few days. Obviously, Gerald 
knows nothing about

•  cognitive dissonance. 
 •  attitude formation. 
  •  impression formation. 
   •  groupthink.

12.  If behavior is assumed to be caused by external characteristics, this is know as

•  a situational cause. 
 •  a dispositional cause. 
  •  a fundamental attribution error. 
   •  actor-observer bias. 
13.  Thomas likes to "hang with the guys." These people with whom Thomas identifies most strongly 
with are called a(n)

•  reference group. 
 •  in-group. 
  •  out-group. 
   •  "them" group.

14.  The "Robber's Cave" experiment showed the value of __________ in combating prejudice.

•  "jigsaw classrooms" 
 •  equal status contact 
  •  subordinate goals 
   •  stereotyping vulnerability

15.  Vivian and Steve met at work. At first they were just friends, but over time, they 
found themselves falling in love - or as Vivian tells her friends, "Steve just grew on me!" 
According to research in interpersonal attraction, the most likely explanation for their 
attraction is

•  mere exposure. 
 •  personal attractiveness. 
  •  fate. 
   •  reciprocity of liking.

16.  According to Sternberg, a couple whose love is based off of intimacy and passion 
but who are not committed to a long-term relationship are in the form of love called __________ love.

•  companionate 
 •  romantic 
  •  affectionate 
   •  consummate

17.  The concept that aggression results from a social role is based on what 
psychological theory?

•  humanistic 
 •  learning 
  •  psychoanalytical 
   •  cognitive

18.  To which two processes do most social psychologists attribute the failure of those 
around La Sandra Calloway to help her.

•  bystander effect and altruism 
 •  aggression and diffusion of responsibility 
  •  altruism and diffusion of responsibility 
   •  bystander effect and diffusion of responsibility
19.  Cara knows that she can help people simply by dialing 1-1-1 on her cell phone if 
an emergency arises. Which step in the decision process for helping would Cara be at?

•  noticing 
 •  taking action 
  •  taking responsibility 
   •  planning a course of action
20.  Which of the following would the field of social neuroscience be most likely to study?

•  what parts of the brain influence social behavior 
 •  how influential is heredity on social behavior 
  •  what impact does head trauma play on developing relationships 
   •  what impact do friends have in resolving conflicts

          Robert C. Gates

We are no other than a moving row 
Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go 
Round with the Sun-illumin'd Lantern held 
In Midnight by the Master of the Show; 

- Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam