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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is not a commodity that exists as a low-income version of a more high-end item?
(a) The station wagon.
(b) Crack cocaine.
(c) Nylon stockings.
(d) The name Tiffany.

2. According to the authors, what does Freakonomics thinking not traffic in?
(a) Product endorsement.
(b) Morality.
(c) Policy.
(d) False hope.

3. What often catalyzes a big-city mayor's decision to hire more police?
(a) A visit from the President.
(b) A high-profile murder.
(c) An upcoming election.
(d) A large public event.

4. To what technology do the authors compare the system they use for determining regression analysis?
(a) A switchboard.
(b) A computer spreadsheet.
(c) An assembly line.
(d) A graphing calculator.

5. How many names from the top ten most popular black boy's names from 1990 do not appear on the 2000 list?
(a) 1.
(b) 7.
(c) 0.
(d) 4.

6. A Head Start teacher earns half as much annually as what?
(a) A timber cutter.
(b) A McDonald's server.
(c) A public school teacher.
(d) A trash collector.

7. According to child-mortality statistics, what is ten times more dangerous than a gun?
(a) A squirt gun.
(b) A swimming pool.
(c) A television set.
(d) A plastic bag.

8. Which figure in the book became a Harvard Fellow after doing field research in South Chicago?
(a) Ronald G. Fryer, Jr.
(b) Arne Duncan.
(c) Stephen Levitt.
(d) Sudhir Venkatesh.

9. What do the authors claim is the essential function of a gun?
(a) To disrupt the natural order.
(b) To hunt and defend.
(c) To alter the image of its owner.
(d) To kill someone.

10. What does Levitt credit with the rise of distinctly black names in the twentieth century?
(a) The northern migration.
(b) The Black Power movement.
(c) The Voting Rights Act.
(d) The rise of hip hop.

11. According to a quoted study in FREAKONOMICS, by what percentage is an aborted child more likely to have grown up in poverty than one that is born?
(a) 100%.
(b) 30%.
(c) 50%.
(d) 75%.

12. What name did Ms. Bledsoe intend to give her daughter, Temptress?
(a) Tamera.
(b) Tempestt.
(c) Metress.
(d) Septima.

13. Which group generally tests highest?
(a) There is no data on this topic in the text.
(b) Urban students.
(c) Rural students.
(d) Suburban students.

14. In what year did the drop in New York violent crime begin in the 1990s?
(a) 1996.
(b) 1992.
(c) 1990.
(d) 1994.

15. Which of the following is a unifying attribute of parental factors that affect child development?
(a) They can be changed with proper education of new parents.
(b) They occur before the child is born.
(c) They involve monetary income.
(d) They can be medically qualitifed.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the Chicago Public School system deal with the confusion of allowing students to choose any school in the city?

2. Who was the hypothetical black boy in the Chapter 5 comparison?

3. What child's name does Roland G. Fryer, Jr., say would indicate alienation from the black community?

4. In the nineteenth century, what was the first state to make abortion illegal?

5. By how many percentage points did unemployment drop in America drop during the sudden curb of violent crime in the Nineties?

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