84 Short Answer/Essay Questions

Try these AFTER you have thoroughly studied the chapter.  You should not have to look back at the text to answer them (only to check your answer!).  Remember, the point is NOT to memorize parts of the textbook but rather to understand the material and describe it in your OWN WORDS.

If you are going to write more than a couple of paragraphs, think about the structure of your answer.

  1. Explain what is meant by a self-fulfilling prophecy and describe how it might influence our social relationships.
  2. Describe Latane and Darley’s model of helping and explain how it was influence by the Kitty Genovese incident.
  3. Describe four variables known to increase helping.
  4. Discuss how social loafing and groupthink may contribute to a group process loss.

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