Potential Exam 3 Questions

Note: Teams will have one issue and will need to cover it from the perspectives of John Fire Lame Deer, Shakespeare (Hamlet), Bohanan and Csikszentmihalyi.  The skills of comparison, analysis and synthesis will be required.  Each team essay should begin with a clear thesis statement.

  1. Why might a playwright use ghosts and other sorts of cosmic imagery to dramatize the conflicts that are emerging? Why is Hamlet willing to follow the ghost? What does it say about his self-esteem? What are factors that  might make the average teenager succumb to temptation?
  2. What types of experiences in contemporary adolescent life do you think can induce reactions similar to Hamlet?
  3. Why is it important to be true to oneself? What does that statement mean? How can you not be true to oneself?  What are the consequences of that?
  4.  Do you think it is possible that people can have natural character flaws which prevent them reasoning appropriately?
  5. How does Hamlet react to his responsibilities? How is this different than the motives of an unthinking action hero?
  6. Contrast the mistakes made by youth as opposed to the elderly, according to Polonius?
  7. How are the themes of appearance and disruption entwined by the theme of the actors and their company?
  8. What parallels can be drawn between taking action in life and the theatre?
  9. Summarize the philosophical statements being said here. What is the relationship between the emotions and reason? What are the limitations of the human will?
  10. Given that Hamlet is a young adult, do you think he would have behaved differently if he were middle aged?
  11. What might have been some of the ways Hamlet may have responded differently if he was older?
  12. In what ways is conscience like a ghost?
  13. Does the manner in which Hamlet interacts with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern simply indicate his noble birth or something more? How is this associated with maturation?
  14. According to Hamlet, in what ways do man and beast differ? What makes humanity distinctive?
  15. How might you use the events in this play to develop a "developmental" psychology of violent behavior?
  16. What youthful virtues intrigue Hamlet which are used to bait him?
  17. In what sense is religion an example of an extrasomatic organ of knowledge?  What is meant by the potential for self-correction?
  18. What have anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists noted about the world view of different    groups?  How does this perspective related to the Veil of the Maya metaphor?
  19. Why is so much of our psychic energy tied down to thoughts and emotions prompted by instincts?
  20. What role does reproductive fitness play in our life? How does it direct major patterns of  behavior?According the author, what aspects of our culture tend to cloud our view of  reality?
  21. What is the value of having experienced several cultural perspectives?
  22. What are the negative consequences of the development of the ego? How does the story of the Iliad  illustrate this?
  23. In our contemporary culture how does the self extend beyond the body, that is, how are objects in the outside world incorporated into our sense of self?