Practice test for - Middle Childhood: Biosocial Development

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1. Compared to a preschool child, a school age child is

 • slimmer and less muscular.
  • slimmer and more muscular.
   • fatter and less muscular.
    • fatter and more muscular.

2. 10 year old Kim can probably throw a ball ________________ 
she could when she was six.

• twice as far as
 • four times as far as
  • a little bit further than
   • the same distance as

3.  A child is “overweight” if he or she

•  has a BMI between 25 & 29. 
 •  has a BMI above the 85th percentile. 
  •  has a BMI above the 95th percentile. 
   •  weighs more than 50% of their peers.

4. To determine BMI, divide the person's weight in

• pounds by their height in inches.
 • pounds by the square height in meters.
  • kilograms by the height in meters cubed.
   • kilograms by the height in meters squared.

5. Kyle is 10, his activity level is influenced by

• the number of safe places he can play.
 • his heredity.
  • his parents attitude towards food.
   • all of these

6. Ruth is an obese 10 - year old. Her parents first step should be to

 have her tested for metabolic abnormalities
 make her aware of how unattractive she looks.
 help her exercise daily.
 put her on a crash diet.

7. Asthma is probably NOT caused by

 exposure to allergens early in life.

8. The athletic skills that are most difficult for 8 year olds require

 judgment of speed & distance.

9.  Obesity & asthma are

•  genetically determined. 
 •  caused by a poor-quality diet. 
  •  the product of nature & nurture. 
   •  something that a child usually outgrows. 

10.  Aptitude tests measure

•  how much has been learned. 
 •  capacity for divergent thinking. 
  •  potential for accomplishment. 
   •  All of these. 

11. Achievement tests are to aptitude test as

• intelligence is to creativity.
 • fruit is to apple.
  • knowledge is to potential.
   • long is to short.

12. About 2/3 of those who take IQ test score between 85 and

• 100
 • 115
  • 125
   • 135

13. Which of the following is NOT one of the 3 types of intelligence 
described by Sternberg?


14. To diagnose a disability you would look

 at gender & culture.
 at symptoms & sex.
 at symptoms & context.
 only at symptoms.

15. People that have Asperger syndrome

 have classic autism.
 function better than most autistics.
 are mute for life.
 need to be put away.

16. The best way to help autistic children is to

 psychoanalyze their parents.
 provide an active social environment.
 provide early intensive treatment for their language problems.
 have the same set of expectations for them as for normal children.

17. 10 year old Kyle has an average IQ but reads at the 1st grade level.
 Kyle probably has

 some form of mental retardation.
 a learning disability in reading.

18. Dyscalcula is to dyslexia as math is to


19. The main symptom of ADHD is

 inability to play normally.
 poor reading skills.
 poor concentration.

20. Psychoactive drugs that are given to hyperactive children

 enable some children to sit still & concentrate.
 can cause addiction later on.
 make other therapy unnecessary.
 can be used as reinforcers.

21. Childhood obesity is caused by

 family habits.
 all of these

22. Asthma is aggravated by

 modern life.
 poor nutrition.
 the lack of indoor play.
 fresh air.

23. Autism is characterized by

 interest in other people.
 normal language development.
 extreme self-preoccupation.
 all of these

24. ADHD can cause

 low achievement.
 antisocial behavior.
 outright aggression.
 all of these

25. Which of the following is not a basic lesson of developmental psychopathology?

 abnormality is normal
 disability changes over time
 an eclectic orientation is best for all diagnosis
 adolescence & adulthood may be better or worse
 diagnosis depends on social context 

                            Topics in Psychology
                               Robert C. Gates