Attribution questions

1.    A fellow student states that he missed class because of injuries received in an automobile accident.  When you hear this you think to yourself that he seems like the kind of person who would be careless, exceed the speed limit, and not wear a seatbelt.  Your attributions for this event are

a.    internal

b.    stereotypic

c.    self-serving

d.    situational


2.    A friend of yours tells you she was fired from her job.  Your judgement is that she was probably fired because of downsizing in her area of expertise.  What kind of attribution are you making?

a.    internal

b.    external

c.    personality-based

d.    biased


3.    The professor is returning tests.  Two students receive failing grades, but no one else does.  Jill is likely to attribute this to

a.    uncomfortable factors such as bad luck.

b.    lack of motivation and disinterest on the part of the students.

c.    the unfairness of the test.

d.    the poor teaching performance of the instructor.


4.    According to the attribution theory discussed in class, which of the following factors is LEAST likely to produce an internal attribution?

a.    An unusual outcome from the behavior.

b.    The behavior was freely chosen.

c.    The behavior went against accepted norms.

d.    The event where the behavior happened was exoctic and highly stressful.


5.    Carla is a week late in handing in her term paper.   A professor is likely to attribute this to her indifference and lack of motivation if

a.    no other students have handed in papers late, she is late with all types of assignments, and she has handed in paperslate in most courses.

b.    many students have handed in their papers late, she is never late with her assignments, and this is the first late term paper on her part.

c.    she is very prompt in meeting commitments in all areas of her life except for schoolwork.

d.    the professor knows that she is generally a good student who always does extra work on her projects and who exceeds her professors' expectations consistently.

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