Freakonomics Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the authors, what would be a more reasonable educational concern than the black-white achievement gap?

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

3. In the nineteenth century, what was the first state to make abortion illegal?

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

5. Which of the following factors is revealed not to have a correlative effect on a child's school performance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is regression analysis?

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

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

5. Why do the authors reason that a woman who has her first child later in life will produce a higher-achieving child?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roland G. Fryer, Jr., is a Harvard-educated researcher who focuses on the socio-economic separations between black and white Americans. Write an essay covering three ways in which this separation manifests itself. How do these examples detail a separate cultural identity and an achievement gap? What are some of the origins of this separation? What conclusions do Levitt and Dubner draw from Fryer's research into these schisms?

Essay Topic 2

Even though FREAKONOMICS is a work of nonfiction, it has two heroic characters: Sudhir Venkatesh and Roland G. Fryer, Jr. These two men both took unusual roads to a life of intellectual excellence. Write an essay about these men, focusing on their power as subjects as well as sources. What do their stories have in common? How are their exceptional stories juxtapositions to research that effectively argues that humanity is the slave of trends?

Essay Topic 3

Commiserate with the inherent distrust of conventional wisdom in FREAKONOMICS is a distrust of experts. Levitt and Dubner explain that experts, far from being disinterest gurus, are guided by the same personal agendas that guide the rest of us. Write an essay on the self-interest of experts, focusing on three types of experts. What does each have to gain from his or her knowledge? What trust do many people put in these experts?

Part 1) Real Estate Agents.

Part 2) Homelessness advocates.

Part 3) Life insurance salesmen.

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