Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences Test | Final Test - Medium

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. The student mistakenly assumed that his professor believed in what?
(a) Love potions.
(b) Extraterrestrials.
(c) Magic.
(d) Fairies.

2. What age is the child mentioned?
(a) 12.
(b) 10.
(c) 9.
(d) 8.

3. Most prevalent scenario involving innumerates includes what?
(a) Tax forms.
(b) Simple math.
(c) Cash register.
(d) Long division.

4. What is CSICOP?
(a) Committee for Scientific Claims of the Paranormal.
(b) Council for Studious Classification of Pythagoras.
(c) Conclave of Scientists Clashing with Pseudoscience.
(d) Committee for Simple Conversion of Pi.

5. What is often used to explain non-science?
(a) Nonsense.
(b) Double talk.
(c) Useless statistics.
(d) False reports.

Short Answer Questions

1. In elementary school, math is rarely _______.

2. What did the invention reveal?

3. Teaching which skill is helpful?

4. The situation for mathematically uneducated high school students is:

5. Which of the following is mentioned as being highly affected by lack of estimating skills?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the author's opinion of the most common example of innumeracy?

2. What is the author's opinion of parapsychology as a pseudoscience?

3. What is Paulos' assertion regarding the principle of threes?

4. What is one of the largest errors in integrating math into a student's life? What is a common result?

5. What is the discussion regarding the number of certainties involved in math?

6. How common is innumeracy? What is the opinion of the general population regarding the subject?

7. Discuss the story of the student, the professor, and UFOs.

8. How does Paulos relate this theory to Freud and the prediction of the great doctor's death?

9. What other fallacies were contributed by Freud?

10. How is it possible for people to ignore false outcomes in regards to probabilities?

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