Freakonomics Test | Final Test - Hard

Steven Levitt
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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. Which ethnicity generally tests better than whites in the ECLS?

2. To what satirist do the authors liken their own abortion-violent crime claim?

3. What do the authors acknowledge that objective thinking will not do?

4. Which of the following is not a commodity that exists as a low-income version of a more high-end item?

5. Which of the following factors is revealed to have a correlative effect on a child's school performance?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What connection exists between celebrity and popular names?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the subject of honesty. What drives human beings either to act honestly or to cheat, according to the authors of FREAKONOMICS? What systems do they study in order to uncover trends and motivations behind honesty and deception? How do these systems create a dynamic in which cheating is incentivized?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout FREAKONOMICS, Levitt and Dubner regularly offer apologias to the reader, explaining that they understand that the conclusions they reach may be upsetting or offensive to some. Write an essay examining these apologias. With what findings are they associated? Why do you think the authors deem it necessary to offer an aesthetic caveat to these decisions? To what extent is the final moment of the book a final apologia to the reader?

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