Multiple choice quiz

Take the quiz test your understanding of the key concepts covered in the chapter. Try testing yourself before you read the chapter to see where your strengths and weaknesses are, then test yourself again once you’ve read the chapter to see how well you’ve understood.

1. Which of the following are examples of domain-level traits within the Big Five?

  1. Politeness, withdrawal, and orderliness
  2. Extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism
  3. Plasticity and stability
  4. Trust, excitement-seeking, and liberalism


b. Extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism

2. Based on Pytlik Zillig and colleagues’ content analysis of the Big Five, which of the following traits is most relevant to regularities in behaviour?

  1. Extraversion
  2. Neuroticism
  3. Conscientiousness
  4. a and c


d. a and c

3. Maggie has felt cheerful and elated for most of the afternoon and into the evening. This experience would best be described as a …

  1. affective state
  2. a mood
  3. an emotion
  4. a trait


b. a mood

4. The ability to manage emotional reactions in order to achieve one’s goal is called …

  1. emotional intelligence
  2. goal-directed emotion
  3. low neuroticism
  4. emotion regulation


d. emotion regulation

5. What are the two major dimensions of motivation studied in personality psychology?

  1. Approach and Avoidance
  2. Stability and Plasticity
  3. Positive and Negative
  4. Promotion and Prevention


a. Approach and Avoidance

6. Which of the following traits has been particularly closely linked with cognitive factors such as Intelligence?

  1. Extraversion
  2. Openness/Intellect
  3. Neuroticism
  4. Conscientiousness


b. Openness/Intellect

7. In which of the following cases would you expect judgments of another person’s personality to be most accurate?

  1. If the judge and the target are close acquaintances (e.g. spouses)
  2. If the trait being judged is more behavioural in its content
  3. If the target being judged is observed in a trait relevant situation
  4. All of the above


d. All of the above

8. When asked if she is an extravert, Kate hesitates, noting that she is probably quite extraverted on average, but there are many times throughout the day that she behaves quite introverted. This is relevant to which model in personality?

  1. The Distribution Density hypothesis
  2. The Act Frequency model
  3. The Realistic Accuracy model
  4. The Behaviour Activation System


a. The Distribution Density hypothesis

9. Characteristic adaptations have been conceptualized as …

  1. aspects of personality concerning time, place, and role
  2. aspects of personality concerning goals, interpretations, and strategies
  3. aspects of personality that are much more contextualized than traits
  4. all of the above


d. All of the above