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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. Which realm of employment is not a turn-on to women on dating sites?
(a) Military.
(b) Law enforcement.
(c) Manufacturing.
(d) Medicine.

2. Which of the following real estate terms indicates that a home buyer should bid high?
(a) Granite.
(b) Spacious.
(c) Charming.
(d) For sale by owner.

3. In what crime-ridden neighborhood did Venkatesh do his graduate research?
(a) The South Bronx.
(b) South Central Los Angeles.
(c) East St. Louis.
(d) South Chicago.

4. What is the average annual salary of a bottom-tier sumo wrestler?
(a) $100,000.
(b) $15,000.
(c) $30,000.
(d) $65,000.

5. In 1960s and 1970s Chicago, what never seemed to happen to street gang members?
(a) They never did their own drugs.
(b) They never got arrested.
(c) They never had turf wars.
(d) They were never killed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which two philosophers does Levitt cite who subscribe to the belief that people are inherently good?

2. What is the name of the first Internet web site to allow consumers to compare life insurance rates?

3. Which President spoke to the House of Representatives early about the dangers of the Ku Klux Klan?

4. To what organization do the authors immediately compare the Black Gangster Disciple Nation?

5. Which of the following is not a bit of specialty information Levitt says a real estate owner claims to have?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How do the authors show that money spent does not affect election results?

4. How does Venkatesh get his hands on JT's financial records?

5. What is the nature of discrimination on The Weakest Link?

6. What is information asymmetry?

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

8. What happens to the day-cares of Haifa, Israel when a late-pickup fee is introduced?

9. According to the authors, what motivates everyone?

10. How are nylon stockings and crack cocaine similar?

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