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Informational Texts - Personality (Grade 9)

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Informational Texts - Personality

In 1917, Katharine Cook Briggs met her future son-in-law and noticed that his personality was very different from her other family members' personalities. Consequently, she began to research personality types. Briggs developed a theory that there are four main personality types: meditative (or thoughtful), spontaneous, executive, and social. There was a great deal of interest in Briggs' work, and this allowed her to publish her book Psychological Types in 1923. Her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, discovered new information about personality types and joined her mother?s work. Myers learned test construction, scoring, and statistics, and this lead to the creation of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in 1956. This test, with some updates and revisions, is still in use today. Many career counselors, teachers, life coaches, and marriage counselors use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to help clients learn more about their own unique personalities.
Based on this passage, which of the following caused Katharine Cook Briggs to begin researching personality types?
  1. her observation of personality differences
  2. the publication of Psychological Types in 1923
  3. her interest in research conducted by her daughter
  4. the request of her future son-in-law
Which of the following resulted from Isabel Briggs Myers joining her mother's work?
  1. the development of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  2. the idea for the creation of the book Psychological Types
  3. the recognition of the spontaneous personality type
  4. the disproving of many theories about personalities
Are the results of the Myers-Briggs Test accurate? Cite evidence from the passage to support your answer.

How was Briggs' future son-in-law connected to the Myers-Briggs test?
  1. He inspired the test.
  2. He created the test.
  3. He conducted research for the test.
  4. He promoted the use of the test.
Why are the words (or thoughtful) included in parentheses?
  1. To introduce another personality type
  2. To help define the meditative personality type
  3. To describe Briggs' future son-in-law
  4. To distract the reader from the text
Antisocial personality disorder
Antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. This behavior is often criminal.

Cause of antisocial personality disorder is unknown. Genetic factors and environmental factors, such as child abuse, are believed to contribute to the development of this condition. People with an antisocial or alcoholic parent are at increased risk. Far more men than women are affected. The condition is common among people who are in prison.

Fire-setting and cruelty to animals during childhood are linked to the development of antisocial personality.

A person with antisocial personality disorder may:

Be able to act witty and charming
Be good at flattery and manipulating other people's emotions
Break the law repeatedly
Disregard the safety of self and others
Have problems with substance abuse
Lie, steal, and fight often
Not show guilt or remorse
Often be angry or arrogant
Knowing that anti means "against" or "opposed to," which trait of someone with antisocial personality disorder goes against the meaning of the word "antisocial"?
  1. Be able to act witty and charming
  2. Break the law repeatedly
  3. Not show guilt or remorse
  4. Often be angry or arrogant
Why did the author write this passage?
  1. To help people diagnose themselves with the disorder
  2. To educate others about the disorder
  3. To provide a specific example of someone with the disorder
  4. To encourage those with the disorder to seek help
How does the structure of the passage support the author's purpose?

The passage says "Fire-setting and cruelty to animals during childhood are linked to the development of antisocial personality." While listed under causes, this detail could also be listed under symptoms of the disorder.
  1. True
  2. False
The passage says "Antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others." Which of the symptoms support this description?

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