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John Allen Paulos
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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. What item in the structure is referenced?
(a) Windows.
(b) Doors.
(c) Bricks.
(d) Nails.

2. What makes Paulos crazy about major math mistakes.
(a) It is accepted.
(b) No one cares.
(c) No one corrects the offender.
(d) People don't notice.

3. What is Paulos' forte?
(a) Creating word problems.
(b) Devising new calculating systems.
(c) Explaining coincidences.
(d) Solving riddles.

4. What number is used in the joke about the population of the city?
(a) 18.
(b) 1,000.
(c) 6.
(d) 120.

5. What is one of the most misunderstood items according to Paulos?
(a) Large numbers.
(b) Scientific notation.
(c) Calculators.
(d) Multiplication tables.

Short Answer Questions

1. Paulos believes that the theory may seem:

2. Which group does this coincidence often apply to?

3. Paulos refers to which Italian scientist?

4. What item of clothing is used in an example?

5. What is another name for those not proficient in math?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the author believe most people fit in?

2. Why do people tend to be fascinated by coincidences?

3. Why does Paulos argue about the existence of coincidences?

4. What is the coincidence surrounding Christopher Columbus?

5. What is the last principle discussed in chapter 1?

6. Examine the first story told by Paulos in this chapter.

7. What do doctors often do that is mathematically incorrect?

8. What amusing example does Paulos use to illustrate the misunderstanding of numbers?

9. What is Paulos' suggestion for making math more understandable to the general public?

10. How would embracing scientific notation help people with large numbers?

(see the answer keys)

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