Lean In Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sheryl Sandberg
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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. During the time that the author worked at Google, how many employees does she say she hired in Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table”?

2. The author says in the Introduction: “Internalizing the Revolution” that she became pregnant with her first child in the summer of what year?

3. What journalist once catalogued the derogatory descriptions of some of the first female world leaders, noting that “England’s Margaret Thatcher” was called “Attila the Hen,” according to the author in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability”?

4. The internal and external barriers that women face in the workplace are related by the author using what metaphor in the Introduction: “Internalizing the Revolution”?

5. 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”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What story does the author use to connect the title of Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?” with the theme of the chapter?

2. How does Sandberg describe her own process of choosing mentees in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?”

3. What is the focus of Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table” With what anecdote does the author open this chapter?

4. What kind of plans does the author say individuals should develop in Chapter 4: "It's a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder"?

5. Why does the author prefer to view the system of corporate advancement as a jungle gym rather than a ladder?

6. How does the author describe the internal barriers that women face in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap”?

7. What advice did Eric Schmidt give to the author in her story from Chapter 4: "It's a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder"?

8. Where was Sheryl Sandberg working when she became pregnant with her first child? How is this experience described in the Introduction: “Internalizing the Revolution”?

9. How does the author propose overcoming “impostor syndrome” in Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table”?

10. What does the author cite Shankar Vedantam as having written about in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Marlo Thomas and the award-winning children’s franchise, Free to Be … You and Me. What is the basis of this franchise? How does Marlo Thomas work toward women’s equality? How was the Thomas’s television series That Girl groundbreaking in its depiction of women?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the concept of ambition and how ambition is perceived differently for women and for men. What are some examples of novels, plays, films, or television shows that perpetuate the notion that ambition is a negative quality for women and a positive quality for men? How do you think that we as a society should address this issue?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the statistics presented in the Introduction of women in the contemporary workplace. How many women are in the U.S. workforce today? Of these, how many women are the sole bread earners for their families? How have these statistics changed in the past century?

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