Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Test | Final Test - Easy

Yuval Noah Harari
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two types of abilities to humans have?
(a) Cognitive and behavioral.
(b) Physical and cognitive.
(c) Physical and sensory.
(d) Cognitive and emotional.

2. What revolutionary strategy did Oakland Athletics manager Billy Beane use to select the best baseball players?
(a) He used a computer algorithm developed by economists.
(b) He hacked the competition's database.
(c) He developed the system of player statistics.
(d) He posted information on Twitter.

3. The expression, "The customer is always right" is an example of humanist _____________.
(a) Aesthetics.
(b) Ethics.
(c) Politics.
(d) Economics.

4. What did scientists discover when they opened the proverbial Sapiens black box?
(a) Human experiences are random.
(b) Liberalism is a myth.
(c) There is no soul, no free will, and no self.
(d) Evolution influences experiences.

5. Evolutionary humanism is based on the theory of which philosopher?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) John Locke.
(c) Charles Darwin.
(d) Karl Marx.

6. Why is revamping the human mind dangerous?
(a) We do not really understand it.
(b) We do not know the difference between mind and consciousness.
(c) We might make mistakes by taking shortcuts.
(d) We are too distracted to research it properly.

7. Humanism claims that instead of looking to a supreme being or authority to define meaning, people should rely on _______.
(a) Evolutionary principles.
(b) Scientific advancement.
(c) What society believes is right.
(d) Their own feelings and desires.

8. What economic and political system adheres to the principles of a free market?
(a) Authoritarianism.
(b) Socialism.
(c) Capitalism.
(d) Communism.

9. What does Harari claim is necessary for scientific advancements?
(a) Economic growth.
(b) Natural selection.
(c) Humanism.
(d) Socialism.

10. What causes people to believe in free will?
(a) Faulty logic.
(b) Biochemical processes.
(c) Biblical teachings.
(d) Irrationality.

11. What life-changing experience did journalist Sally Adee have when she used a battlefield simulator?
(a) Her brain without self doubt.
(b) A life-like virtual reality experience.
(c) An increased ability to learn.
(d) A change in her personality.

12. What does Harari call "The greatest scientific discovery"?
(a) The discovery of cyborg technology.
(b) The discovery of germs.
(c) The discovery of new energy sources.
(d) The discovery of ignorance.

13. What does Dataism worship?
(a) Superhumans.
(b) Data.
(c) Algorithms.
(d) Computer chips.

14. What non-invasive option are scientists using to learn about stimulating or inhibiting brain activities?
(a) Imaging scans.
(b) Helmet-like devices fitted with electrodes.
(c) Electrodes attached to the skin.
(d) Imaging scans and electrodes.

15. Who are many of the volunteers research professors use in their experiments?
(a) College students.
(b) Voters.
(c) Family members.
(d) Colleagues.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Harari call the nemesis of the modern economy?

2. What false message did Syrian hackers post on the Associated Press's Twitter account?

3. What artificial intelligence success did the computer called Deep Blue achieve?

4. Science undermines liberalism and what other humanist belief?

5. What kept people in the Middle Ages from making advances in science?

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