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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. How many Americans use dating websites every year?
(a) 75 million.
(b) 15 million.
(c) 5 million.
(d) 40 million.

2. What condition did Listerine claim to treat in 1920, increasing its sales dramatically?
(a) Jaw cancer.
(b) Halitosis.
(c) Syphillis.
(d) Gingivitis.

3. At what preeminent university does Venkatesh meet Steven Levitt?
(a) Stanford.
(b) University of Chicago.
(c) Northwestern University.
(d) Harvard.

4. Which of the following is not a group persecuted by the Klan in the twentieth century?
(a) Methodists.
(b) Jews.
(c) Immigrants.
(d) Union organizers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gyges' ring do?

2. According to James Alan Fox in 1995, what is the minimum rise in violent crime to be expected in the next decade?

3. Which of the following is not one of the three types of incentives?

4. According to normal Weakest Link strategy, who will players vote off in later rounds?

5. According to Levitt, what do experts use their knowledge for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the defining characteristics of conventional wisdom?

2. 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?

3. How is this book different from other nonfiction books, according to the authors?

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

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

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

7. How were predictions about violent crime in the Nineties incorrect?

8. Why is information crime so difficult to catch?

9. What does Paul Feldman learn about honesty from his bagel business?

10. To what extent is the winning of a conventional wisdom battle key to achieving public success?

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