Pre-Midterm Exam Questions
Instructions: Each question is worth
5 points, except for #1 and #7 which are 10
pointers. In terms of length, it is important that
you are able, through your answer, to demonstrate your
complete understanding of the concept in the question.
In other words, a few sentences just won't do the trick.
Half a double spaced
page (with 1"
margins all around) for each answer is
likely a grade of C, again with the exceptions of #1
I say likely because
write is more important than length, but what you write will
take up some space. Use
complete sentences, and cite the online readings as
necessary. Note also that it is not required that students to
information outside the online course notes. However, it is fine with me for
students to use academic knowledge they have
gained thus far in their academic careers, as
well as any other legitimate academic source in
order to enhance their essays.
1. Using the 2 by 2
model from the course notes (Normal/Abnormal,
Inside/Outside Family Stress), give an example of each
of the four kinds of stress represented by each quadrant
of the model, explaining why each example fits in its
theoretical place and not one of the others. Now,
it is your turn to think theoretically. Take the
variable normal and abnormal stress and combine it with
normal and abnormal REACTIONS to stress. From here, give
your examples of behaviors that fit into each quadrant
of your new variable.
From The Usefulness of Guiding
2. A good beginning
definition of "theory" might be: A theory suggests
a model, or representation, of the way things are. With
this definition in mind, describe the following aspects
of theory so that you understand them well: Conceptual
Principles, Hypothetical Principles, and Pragmatic Principles
3. What is the
Theory - Methodology connection? Use this connection to
explain the scientific method using Wallace's Wheel.
From The Purpose of Theory in the
Study of Family Crises
4. Explain briefly
the differences between definitions of theory according
to Plato, Aristotle, and Dean Witt.
5 Define Healthy
Family Functioning in terms of. -value judgements
-statistical descriptions of family interaction
-homeostatic ideals -the family system as a social
system -the influence of the larger environment (culture
and society) on the family.
6. Give some
examples of healthy families in terms of: the
organization of the marital relationship the nature of
interaction and communication patterns within the family
the family's relationship with outside others.
Structural Functional Theory
7. Explain how the
family, as an institution fits into the overall
structure of society. Give examples of the functions
family members must provide to society in order for
society to prosper. In other words, explain society's
functional requirements. Make the same argument for the
family as a social institution - what does it need from
the other institutions in order to exist. Finally,
explain how this approach to describing society answers
the Hobbesian Question.
8. Using the patterned variables, list a set of primary
group behaviors and their secondary group counterparts.