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

John Allen Paulos
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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 skill is rarely taught?

2. Which president is mentioned in the beginning of this chapter?

3. Paulos mentions which famous structure?

4. Which doctor was the inventor's good friend?

5. Paulos believes that technological advances encourage:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What other fallacies were contributed by Freud?

5. Who is used as Paulos' example of educated innumerates? What is the person known for in the scientific world?

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

7. What is another commonly overlooked skill in elementary math classes? Why is it an issue?

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

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

10. What are the most obvious causes of innumeracy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how technology affects a person's math skills. Is it okay to use technology at any time? What does Paulos believe technology encourages? Do you agree or disagree? Explain. What is the most effective way to use technology in regards to math? What do you think has been the most effective and/or significant invention in regards to technology and mathematics?

Essay Topic 2

Paulos talks about relating various mathematical functions and algorithms to every day life. Why? What is different about using math in the classroom as opposed to every day events? How could it benefit or hinder one's learning process? Give examples of the use of these functions in at least five scenarios.

Essay Topic 3

The example of two drug traffickers is used to illustrate one of Paulos' theories. What was it? Do you think the example was accurate? Was it informative? Which result was most likely to happen? Could the outcome have been predicted? How? If you were to predict the outcome without knowing the value of the product, what would you predict? Why?

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