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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 is Arne Duncan's first course of action after the CPS researchers release their report on cheating?
(a) He freezesall standardized testing in Chicago.
(b) He buries the report.
(c) He fires 12 teachers.
(d) He readministers tests.

2. Which of the following is not affected by the rank of a sumo wrestler?
(a) His food.
(b) His earnings.
(c) His housing accomodations.
(d) His entourage.

3. Which racist American figure is the focus of the final passage of this chapter?
(a) David Duke.
(b) Jesse Helms.
(c) G. Gordon Liddy.
(d) George Wallace.

4. What unethical practice are Atlanta police discovered to have undertaken throughout the 1990s?
(a) Selling confiscated drugs.
(b) Racial profiling.
(c) Underreporting crime.
(d) Accepting kickbacks.

5. What is the central action of economics?
(a) Measurement.
(b) Prediction.
(c) Theory.
(d) Assessment.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Levitt ask of his reader at the end of the introduction?

2. Which of the following is an action that Gyges undertakes in the story that ends Chapter 1?

3. From what city is Norma McCorvey?

4. In 1920, how many black children out of 100 died in infancy?

5. Researchers determining whether teachers are encouraging cheating on standardized tests observe classes over how many years?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are nylon stockings and crack cocaine similar?

2. Why is information crime so difficult to catch?

3. How is the organizational structure of the Black Gangster Disciple Nation similar to McDonald's?

4. How does terminology help real estate agents set a price for a house?

5. What tactics do researchers use to determine if CPS teachers are cheating on standardized tests?

6. What example do the authors use at the end of the chapter to show that people will cheat if they know they won't be caught?

7. How does the inclusion of a small monetary compensation affect blood donation in the 1970s?

8. How have attitudes toward public bigotry changed in recent years?

9. What is information asymmetry?

10. What are the defining characteristics of conventional wisdom?

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