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AP Psychology Reading Questions

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Reading Questions 10-2 (pages 410-417)


  1. What are the three building blocks of language? Identify and describe each.

  2. What is the difference between grammar and syntax?

  3. What four part sequence makes language move from simple to complex?

  4. What is the difference between receptive and productive language?

  5. What is the stage sequence of language? Identify, describe, and state approximate age for each.

  6. There are three basic explanations for language development discussed in the text.  Identify each and summarize the explanation.  Make sure to include each explanations nature-nurture beliefs.


Reading Questions 10-3 (pages 418-428)

  1. What did Whorf propose and what does it mean?

  2. Why does it pay to increase your word power? Give specific examples to support this?

  3. What does figure 10.12 on page 421 demonstrate?

  4. What is mental rehearsal and in what ways can it help people achieve?

  5. What is “thinking lite”?

  6. What are five cognitive skills that primates have been found to share with humans?

  7. Create a t-chart.  In the left column, identify the pieces of evidence that supports the idea that animals have a capacity for language.  In the right column, identify the evidence against this idea.