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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What do the authors try to determine throughout FREAKONOMICS in order to understand people's motivations?
(a) Basic needs.
(b) Belief systems.
(c) Incentives.
(d) Fears.

3. What is the approximate ratio of abortions:murders in America as stated at the end of the chapter?
(a) 100:1.
(b) 75:1.
(c) 50:1.
(d) 1:1.

4. In what country is every adult male issued a gun by the government to keep at home?
(a) South Africa.
(b) Switzerland.
(c) Uzbekhistan.
(d) Singapore.

5. Who was the hypothetical white boy in the Chapter 5 comparison?
(a) Ted Bundy.
(b) Jeffrey Dahmer.
(c) Timothy McVeigh.
(d) Ted Kaczyniski.

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

7. What basketball player's recollections does Roland G. Fryer, Jr., cite in his paper "The Economics of 'Acting White'"?
(a) Magic Johnson.
(b) Charles Barkley.
(c) Michael Jordan.
(d) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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

9. What service was offered in exchange for firearms in a California gun buyback?
(a) Psychotherapy.
(b) Massage.
(c) Haircuts.
(d) Carwashes.

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

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

12. What was the well-publicized theory that informed the new policing strategies in New York in the Nineties?
(a) The empowerment-disempowerment theory.
(b) The borken window theory.
(c) The community development theory.
(d) The repeat offender theory.

13. Which of the following factors is revealed to have a correlative effect on a child's school performance?
(a) The child attended Head Start.
(b) The child's parents recently moved to a better neighborhood.
(c) The child frequently watches television.
(d) The child has a low birth weight.

14. Which of the following is not an unusual name given to a child in FREAKONOMICS?
(a) Shithead.
(b) Loser.
(c) Temptress.
(d) Ignoramus.

15. Which of the following is not an action the authors regularly recommend in order to reach unexpected conclusions?
(a) Ask many questions.
(b) Move to a major city.
(c) Examine incentives.
(d) Remain objective.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which pop singer do the authors mention as an example of a celebrity whose name has not caught on?

2. In what year did the drop in New York violent crime begin in the 1990s?

3. What was the name of the Communist dictator of Romania who banned abortion in 1966?

4. In the authors' hypothetical comparison of two boys' lives, where does the poor black boy grow up?

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

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