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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the ECLS show about the black-white achievement gap for students just entering school?
(a) It is larger than expected.
(b) It is slowly narrowing.
(c) It is nearly nonexistent.
(d) It has not changed since 1964.

3. What two first names were place on identical resumes in the name study of this chapter?
(a) Scott and Andre.
(b) Jake and DeShawn.
(c) Connor and Dominique.
(d) Bradley and Terrell.

4. In a per-hour study of likelihood of dying in a plane versus a car crash, how do they compare?
(a) You are just as likely to die in either a plane or car.
(b) You are more likely to die in a car.
(c) You are more likely to die in a plane.
(d) There is no way to figure this.

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

6. What contradictory names does Robert Lane give his two sons in the beginning of this chapter?
(a) Hope and Despair.
(b) Pretty and Ugly.
(c) Winner and Loser.
(d) Good and Bad.

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

8. Judith Rich Harris claims in her book, THE NURTURE ASSUMPTION, that parental influence is generally overwhelmed by what?
(a) Popular culture.
(b) Teachers.
(c) Some unknown guiding instinct.
(d) Peer pressure.

9. What was the name of the Communist dictator of Romania who banned abortion in 1966?
(a) Honnecker.
(b) Ceausescu.
(c) Walesa.
(d) Havel.

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

11. Why did pro-gun advocate John R. Lott create a female pseudonym?
(a) To have a tax credit for a dependant.
(b) To place on his own petitions.
(c) To solicit sex online.
(d) To defend his theories.

12. For what year are the authors attempting to forecast when they list possible future popular names at the end of the chapter?
(a) 2025.
(b) 2040.
(c) 2015.
(d) 2050.

13. What now-infamous governor tried to introduce a plan to mail everyone in the state a book every month from birth to kindergarten?
(a) Mark Sanford.
(b) Rod Blagojevich.
(c) Sarah Palin.
(d) Elliot Spitzer.

14. How much does it cost to keep one American incarcerated for one year?
(a) $50,000.
(b) $10,000.
(c) $35,000.
(d) $25,000.

15. Which name is charted in this section as having ten common variations?
(a) Tabitha.
(b) Jasmine.
(c) Tiffany.
(d) Brandi.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following factors is revealed not to have a correlative effect on a child's school performance?

2. At the end of this chapter, Levitt compares an aspiring parent to what equally deluded hypothetical figure from earlier in the book?

3. What does Levitt credit with the rise of distinctly black names in the twentieth century?

4. A Head Start teacher earns half as much annually as what?

5. What term did James Alan Fox use to describe the spike in crime he predicted in the mid 1990s?

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