Opinions and Social Pressure
unanimous – adj. of one mind; in complete agreement
dissenter – n. a person who disagrees
arbitrary – adj. uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; unreasonable; unsupported:
collusion – n. a secret agreement, conspiracy
repudiate – v. to reject
succumb – v. to give way to superior force; yield
staunch – adj. firm or steadfast; strong
equilibrium –n. mental or emotional balance
construe – v. explain; interpret
deplete – v. to decrease seriously or exhaust
flagrant – adj. shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring:
consensus – n. general agreement
Choose the lettered word or phrase that is most nearly similar in meaning to the word in capital letters.
(A) obscure (B) obvious (C) present (D) ready (E) misleading
(A) forget (B) duplicate (C) put up (D) reject (E) admit
(A) consequent (B) thoughtful (C) universal (D) of one mind (E) similar
(A) smelly (B) obvious (C) steadfast (D) launch (E) standard
(A) conspiracy (B) conclusion (C) colleague (D) concern (E) conduct
(A) absolute (B) correct (C) precise (D) exact (E) unrestricted
(A) friendship (B) balance (C) deception (D) result (E) disagreement
(A) yield (B) increase (C) succeed (D) delete (E) introduce
(A) interpret (B) instruct (C) inspire (D) forget (E) construct
(A) interpret (B) raise (C) find (D) decrease (E) regret
1. B 2. D 3. D 4. C 5. A 6. E 7. B 8. A 9. A 10. D
1. What is peer/group pressure?
2. In what way is group pressure helpful or harmful?
3. Have you had an experience in which you were influced by a group to do or say something you otherwise might not have?
1. If you were the subject in the experiment, what would you do?
2. What have you learned from Asch’s experiment?