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 used daily?

2. The student mistakenly assumed that his professor believed in what?

3. Who cannot teach simple math to students?

4. The doctor was convinced about his:

5. Most prevalent scenario involving innumerates includes what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is estimation important? Who does it affect?

2. What other fallacies were contributed by Freud?

3. Why was Freud's calculation incorrect? What was overlooked?

4. What are the most obvious causes of innumeracy?

5. What is Paulos' quote regarding innumeracy and pseudoscience?

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

7. Explain Paulos' example about Ronald Regan and the incorrect use of substitution values.

8. In what areas of one's life is estimation important?

9. What is the downfall of technology in regards to innumeracy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Freud and Jung are important people in Chapter 2. Compare and contrast the two famous doctors, their professional lives, careers, and legacies.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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