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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 not a commodity that exists as a low-income version of a more high-end item?
(a) Crack cocaine.
(b) The name Tiffany.
(c) The station wagon.
(d) Nylon stockings.

2. Which of the following factors is revealed to have a correlative effect on a child's school performance?
(a) The child is adopted.
(b) The child is regularly spanked.
(c) The child's parents regularly take him to museums.
(d) The child's parents regularly read to him.

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

4. Who was the hypothetical white boy in the Chapter 5 comparison?
(a) Ted Bundy.
(b) Jeffrey Dahmer.
(c) Ted Kaczyniski.
(d) Timothy McVeigh.

5. For what year are the authors attempting to forecast when they list possible future popular names at the end of the chapter?
(a) 2025.
(b) 2015.
(c) 2050.
(d) 2040.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which is a Hebrew name that the authors suggest may catch on en masse in the years to come?

3. At the end of this chapter, Levitt compares an aspiring parent to what equally deluded hypothetical figure from earlier in the book?

4. Which of the following is not a recorded consequence of Roe v. Wade?

5. Judith Rich Harris claims in her book, THE NURTURE ASSUMPTION, that parental influence is generally overwhelmed by what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What connection exists between celebrity and popular names?

3. What situation in Chicago in 1980 offers the authors a chance to review the effect of education on children's development?

4. What do the authors determine about the social migration of names?

5. What is regression analysis?

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

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

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

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

10. What policy recommendations do the authors make regarding their theories?

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