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Steven Levitt
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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. At the end of this chapter, Levitt compares an aspiring parent to what equally deluded hypothetical figure from earlier in the book?
(a) A 7-7 sumo wrestler.
(b) A drug soldier.
(c) A real estate agent.
(d) An uncharismatic politician.

2. What do the authors acknowledge that objective thinking will not do?
(a) Make friends.
(b) Improve one's life.
(c) Be profitable.
(d) Lead to interesting conclusions.

3. Who was the hypothetical black boy in the Chapter 5 comparison?
(a) J.T.
(b) Barack Obama.
(c) Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
(d) Stephen Levitt.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Which figure in the book became a Harvard Fellow after doing field research in South Chicago?

4. Where does most of the data regarding children's names come from?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What caveat of hope do Dubner and Levitt give regarding parenting at the end of the book?

2. What is the history behind the emergence of distinctly black names in America?

3. How do the authors explain the correlation between number of books and achievement?

4. What theory guided Rudolph Giuliani and William Bratton in their policing strategies of the Nineties?

5. According to Dubner and Levitt, what is the essential function of the gun?

6. What point to Dubner and Levitt make regarding guns and swimming pools?

7. How does Robert Lane's child-naming scheme work out?

8. How do the authors address the moral outrage their theories may elicit?

9. How is name-choice an indicator of parenting?

10. How does Ceausescu create an opposite ripple effect in Romania than what occurs in America at the same time?

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