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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 of the following is a unifying attribute of parental factors that affect child development?
(a) They can be medically qualitifed.
(b) They can be changed with proper education of new parents.
(c) They occur before the child is born.
(d) They involve monetary income.

2. Who was Rudolph Giuliani's police commissioner often credited with reducing crime in New York in the Nineties?
(a) Howard Safire.
(b) William Bratton.
(c) Ray Kelly.
(d) Bernard Kerik.

3. What is the only television show to regularly appear on the top ten watched lists of both black and white viewers?
(a) CBS Evening News.
(b) Saturday Night Live.
(c) The Cosby Show.
(d) Monday Night Football.

4. At the beginning of the Epilogue, the authors reiterate what point made in the Prologue?
(a) The book has no unifying theme.
(b) Objectivity is key to understanding the world.
(c) Experts follow a personal agenda.
(d) Conventionally wisdom is often wrong.

5. What contradictory names does Robert Lane give his two sons in the beginning of this chapter?
(a) Hope and Despair.
(b) Good and Bad.
(c) Pretty and Ugly.
(d) Winner and Loser.

Short Answer Questions

1. What ratio does a pro-life individual give to fetuses:newborns in terms of intrinsic worth?

2. How many American children per year would be saved if parents childproofed their pools?

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

4. According to child-rearing "expert" L. Emmett Holt, what is a baby's daily exercise?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What determination do the authors make regarding parenting in this chapter?

2. To what extent does every chapter in FREAKONOMICS involve a closed system?

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

4. How do the authors explain the above contradiction in fears?

5. What national trends regarding crime in the nineties belie the relevance of the Giuliani-Bratton strategy?

6. In what two ways do larger prisons affect less crime in a community?

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

8. By what rational do Levitt and Dubner reason that even a cynical person would not consider abortion a reasonable deterrent to crime?

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

10. What action do the authors of FREAKONOMICS think a reader might take after finishing the book?

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