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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What field does culture need to be linked with, in order to be explained, according to Wilson?
(a) Religion.
(b) Language.
(c) Natural sciences.
(d) Economics.

2. What causes economic theories to fail, in Edmund Wilson's estimation?
(a) Lack of integration with religion.
(b) Reliance on statistical analysis instead of creative synthesis.
(c) Aloofness from the social environment.
(d) Lack of integration with psychology.

3. What is the danger of volitional evolution, in Edmund Wilson's account?
(a) People can become less human.
(b) Pandemics can be created.
(c) Populations can be eradicated.
(d) Sea levels can rise.

4. What is the weakness of the current era of economics, in Edmund Wilson's account?
(a) It cannot predict all human behaviors.
(b) It relies on too few variables.
(c) It is too focused on the micro-analysis.
(d) It is grounded in untenable assumptions.

5. How does Edmund Wilson describe the current era of economics?
(a) As the era of statistical analysis.
(b) As the Era of Model Building.
(c) As the era of supply and demand.
(d) As the era of international debt.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does natural consilience connect?

2. What did all Enlightenment thinkers have in common, according to Wilson?

3. What does Edmund Wilson say the arts ultimately create?

4. What are effective ethical codes based on?

5. What does Edmund Wilson say is the purpose of the social science?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between nurturists and hereditarians in describing how culture evolves?

2. What ethical perspective does Wilson call the empiricist view?

3. What role does Wilson say creativity has in survival and evolution?

4. What are the two branches of anthropology Wilson describes, and what question does he say they both fail to answer?

5. What social problems does Wilson say are caused by failures in social sciences?

6. What threats to contemporary culture does Wilson describe, and how is consilience useful in answering them?

7. What is the fundamental assumption behind consilience?

8. What is the purpose of the social sciences, and how does Wilson distinguish the social sciences from the physical social sciences?

9. How do the senses function as epi-genetic rules?

10. How do social factors influence genetic distribution?

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