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Reading Comprehension: Application Questions

Which of the following set of test directions would most likely accompany a projective test?

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It might seem at first glance that a picture of a person on a farm is not an ambiguous stimulus. However, the words "what you think is happening" tell us that different people could interpret the picture in different ways. Moreover, by creating a story out of a picture, a respondent would be forced to interpret the items in the picture in his or her own way (for example, we do not know whether the person on the farm is a farmer or a visitor).

By following these directions, a respondent would be use their reactions to the picture to make a concrete result (the story), thereby qualifying their reactions to an ambiguous stimulus.



Projective tests ask respondents to react to ambiguous stimuli, not to create something ambiguous.



This answer choice describes a possible set of directions to an objective test, which asks direct questions that rely on a respondent's insight into him or herself, rather than a projective test which asks about reactions to ambiguous stimuli.



This answer choice, although the stimulus involved in it is ambiguous, does not ask the respondent to react to the stimulus itself, but to the process of making it.



In this answer choice, the stimulus is unambiguous. One cannot interpret a cat, under these circumstances, in any other way.

Take the clay provided and use it to form a figure which you feel best represents your personality.
When answering this series of questions, choose the answer which best describes how you perceive yourself.
Create several inkblots on separate pieces of paper and then write down how the process of creating these ambiguous stimuli made you feel.
Look at the picture of a cat and describe your reactions to the picture to the examiner.
Use the following picture of a person on a farm to write a story about what you think is happening in the picture.