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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) An uncharismatic politician.
(b) A drug soldier.
(c) A real estate agent.
(d) A 7-7 sumo wrestler.

2. What was the well-publicized theory that informed the new policing strategies in New York in the Nineties?
(a) The community development theory.
(b) The repeat offender theory.
(c) The empowerment-disempowerment theory.
(d) The borken window theory.

3. Which name is charted in this section as having ten common variations?
(a) Tabitha.
(b) Tiffany.
(c) Brandi.
(d) Jasmine.

4. According to the authors, what does Freakonomics thinking not traffic in?
(a) Morality.
(b) False hope.
(c) Product endorsement.
(d) Policy.

5. What do the authors try to determine throughout FREAKONOMICS in order to understand people's motivations?
(a) Incentives.
(b) Basic needs.
(c) Fears.
(d) Belief systems.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the authors claim is the essential function of a gun?

2. In a per-hour study of likelihood of dying in a plane versus a car crash, how do they compare?

3. Who does Levitt point out has a nearly quadrupled likelihood of dying every year than a death row inmate has of being executed?

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

5. Which of the following is not among the universities listed as names chosen by parents in California in the 1990s?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the quality of life of an aborted child different from one that is born?

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

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

5. Why did the influence of crack cocaine decline in the 1990s?

6. What study is cited involving names and job hiring?

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

8. What hypothetical comparison do the authors create between two boys' upbringings?

9. What connection exists between celebrity and popular names?

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

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