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Sheryl Sandberg
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who founded Hearsay Social, described as “a software company that helps businesses manage their social media presence”?
(a) Clara Shih.
(b) Marlo Thomas.
(c) Omid Kordestani.
(d) Alice Walker.

2. The author says in Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table” that while in college, both she and her brother took a course in what together?
(a) Advanced economics.
(b) Postmodern literature.
(c) European intellectual history.
(d) Contemporary drama.

3. Who is the author’s grandmother whom she says was born exactly 52 years before she was, in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap”?
(a) Mary Sue Coleman.
(b) Rosalind Einhorn.
(c) Deborah Gruenfeld.
(d) Jocelyn Goldfein.

4. What does the author call the “phenomenon of capable people being plagued by self-doubt” in Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table”?
(a) The impostor syndrome.
(b) Stereotype threat.
(c) Chronic anxiety.
(d) Abject racism.

5. What was the author voted as by her senior class, according to the narrative in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability”?
(a) “Most likely to end up in jail.”
(b) “Most likely to succeed.”
(c) “Most likely to be a politician.”
(d) “Most likely to become famous.”

6. What well-known CNN journalist credits Willow Bay for mentoring her when she started out, according to the author in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?”
(a) Justin Osofsky.
(b) Erin Burnett.
(c) Bob Steel.
(d) Omid Kordestani.

7. Who is described in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability” as the founder and CEO of Facebook?
(a) Mark Zuckerberg.
(b) Bob Steel.
(c) Justin Osofsky.
(d) Cameron Anderson.

8. What profession did Sheryl Sandberg’s father enter into?
(a) Ophthalmology.
(b) Dentistry.
(c) Politics.
(d) Entertainment law.

9. What management committee partner at Goldman Sachs in the late 1990s established a “breakfast or lunch only policy” for employees to create equal access for men and women, according to the author in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?”
(a) Mary Sue Coleman.
(b) Justin Osofsky.
(c) Bob Steel.
(d) Omid Kordestani.

10. Who is the Columbia Business School professor that co-ran an experiment to test perceptions of women and men in the workplace in the 2003 study discussed in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability”?
(a) Justin Osofsky.
(b) Clara Shih.
(c) Frank Flynn.
(d) Josh Steiner.

11. The author asserts in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap,” “The gender stereotypes introduced in childhood are reinforced throughout our lives and become” what?
(a) “Facts in adulthood.”
(b) “Barriers to happiness.”
(c) “Self-fulfilling prophecies.”
(d) “Regulations toward marriage.”

12. What professor at Harvard Business School taught the social marketing classes that Sheryl Sandberg studied during her second year earning her M.B.A.?
(a) Rosalind Einhorn.
(b) Larry Summers.
(c) Kash Rangan.
(d) Tim Geithner.

13. What 1972 song does the author describe in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap” as being about a little boy who begs his father for a traditional girl’s toy?
(a) A Boy Named Sue.
(b) Lost in the Moon.
(c) Free to Be … You and Me.
(d) Joey’s Song.

14. In what year was Anita Summer hired as an economist by the Standard Oil Company, according to the author in the Introduction: “Internalizing the Revolution”?
(a) 1958.
(b) 1947.
(c) 1935.
(d) 1953.

15. The author asserts in Chapter 4: “It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder,” “Just as I believe everyone should have a long-term dream, I also believe everyone should have” what?
(a) “A one-year plan.”
(b) “A six-month plan.”
(c) “A two-year plan.”
(d) “An eighteen-month plan.”

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is cited in Chapter 4: “It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder” as having conceived the metaphor that “careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder”?

2. Based on the 2003 study cited by the author in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability,” she concludes that “success and likeability” are correlated how for women?

3. The author notes in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?” that “searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of” what?

4. Where did the author’s grandmother go on to graduate from college, according to her story in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap”?

5. The author cites a 2012 Pew study in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap” which found that among young people ages 18-34, what percentage of women rated “success in a high-paying career or profession” as important to their lives?

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