1.7 Multiple Choice Questions

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Harry Harlow's monkey experiment that explored how attachment works is an example of an unethical experiment.

Facts about the test: The AP Psychology exam has 100 multiple choice questions and you will be given 1 hour and 10 minutes to complete the section. That means it should take you around 11 minutes to complete 15 questions.

*The following questions were not written by CollegeBoard and although they cover information outlined in the AP Psychology Course and Exam Description, the formatting on the exam may be different.

1. In an experimental study of the effects of listening to music on learning, listening to music would be the _____ variable?
A. Dependent
B. Independent
C. Experimental
D. Correlational

2. In 2001, Andrea Yates, a Houston housewife, drowned her five children in the bathtub. Some who studied her case concluded that her psychotic break was in part due to her being isolated from extended family and that her husband was unsupportive with childcare and household duties. This conclusion best illustrates a _____ perspective.
A. Psychodynamic
B. Behavioral
C. Biological
D. Social-Cultural

3.  Russell has been diagnosed with alcohol use disorder. His therapist believes this is largely due to his lack of problem-solving skills and his inability to think through the consequences of his drinking. HIs therapist analyzing his behavior the lens of the __________ perspective.
A. Cognitive
B. Biological
C. Behavioral
D. Social-Cultural

4. Joaquin has a tennis match tomorrow and insists his father launder his "lucky" socks. He is convinced that his winning streak is related to the fact that he has worn the same socks all season. Joaquin's thinking illustrates which of the following concepts?
A. Illusory Correlation
B. Hindsight Bias
C. Overconfidence
D. Naturalistic Observation

5. If psychologists discovered that students who participate in more extracurricular activities have higher GPAs, this would indicate that extracurricular involvement and grades are
A. Independent Variables
B. Learned Behaviors
C. Positively Correlated
D. Negatively Correlated

6. In order to understand gender differences in play, researchers visited city parks with playsets and collected data on the activities boys and girls displayed on the playground. This is an example of the use of a research method known as
A. The Case Study
B. Naturalistic Observation
C. The Double-Blind Procedure
D. Correlational Study

7. After the results of the presidential election, your friend tells you that she "knew it all along." What psychological concept does this illustrate?
A. Hindsight Bias
B. Overconfidence
C. The Placebo Effect
D. Applied Research

8. Li Wei is curious to learn whether students in his high school would be supportive of changing the start time to 9:00 AM. He puts all 600 names in a box and pulls out 100 who will be asked to complete a survey to share their opinion. Which method is Li Wei using to select his subjects?
A. Random Assignment
B. Random Sample
C. Survey
D. Interview

9. A group of friends go shopping together at the mall and spend $43, $47, $36, $32, $55, and $32, respectively. The mode of the group's expenditures is
A. 32
B. 28
C. 23
D. 36

10. Mr. Burton collected data on the test scores of his US history class and discovered there was a skewed distribution. Which of the following would be the best measures of central tendency?
A. Standard Deviation
B. Mean
C. Mode
D. Median

11. In the famous study by John Watson, Little Albert was conditioned to fear white furry objects. Unfortunately, Mr Watson never bothered to uncondition Albert and so it is likely this fear continued throughout his life. Which ethical principle was violated in this case?
A. Informed Consent
B. Confidentiality
C. Protect From Harm
D. Debrief

12. In a study of the effects of caffeine on anxiety, anxiety was operationally defined as a self-rated score from 1-10. Specifying exactly how anxiety will be assessed is important for
A. Replication
B. Debriefing
C. Plotting Correlation
D. Determining Cause and Effect

13. Maria has collected data on the number of shoes each of her classmates owns and their height. If she wants to see the relationship between these two variables represented graphically, she should construct a
A. Bar Graph 
B. Scatterplot
C. Normal Curve
D. Standard Deviation

14. Dr. Ward has been hired by the XYZ Corporation to investigate which factors will have the greatest influence on their workers' productivity. Dr. Ward is most likely a ______ psychologist.
A. Clinical
B. Human Factor
C. Personality
D. Industrial-Organizational

15. In a study of how effective a study strategy was for students in an AP psychology class, it was discovered that group study sessions were more effective than when students studied alone. The students in the group study group were all girls; the students in the study alone group were all boys. In this example, the gender of the subjects would be
A. A confounding variable
B. The Independent Variable
C. The Dependent Variable
D. A False Generalization

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