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. 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?”

2. Who is described in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?” as the founder of CollegeSpring, “a nonprofit that provides SAT tutoring and college counseling to low-income students”?

3. What profession did Sheryl Sandberg’s father enter into?

4. Who is the chief technology officer of Cisco that the author cites in Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table” from an article in The Huffington Post?

5. Eric Schmidt, when offering Sheryl Sandberg her first position at Google, told her “that only one criterion mattered when picking a job.” What is that criterion?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the disparity between the treatment of male and female behaviors at a young age in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap”?

2. What does the author say regarding the progress that has been made regarding gender equality in the past 100 years in the Introduction: “Internalizing the Revolution”?

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

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

5. What study does the author describe in the beginning of Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability”? Who conducted the study?

6. What internal report from Hewlett-Packard does the author describe in Chapter 4: "It's a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder"?

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

8. What statistics does the author present in the Introduction: “Internalizing the Revolution” to further express her points regarding women’s equality in the workplace?

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

10. How does the author equate mentorship with Prince Charming in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?”

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author’s story of her pregnancy while working for Google and the discoveries she made during this time about gender bias. How many American corporations offer reserved parking and other benefits for pregnant women in the workforce today? How did this change at Google? What factors will lead to more changes, according to the author?

Essay Topic 2

Define “gatekeeping behaviors” and discuss how these types of behaviors serve as a disadvantage within the household dynamic. What are specific examples that you’ve seen of gatekeeping behaviors? Which have you personally engaged in? How does the author suggest one may best keep these behaviors at bay?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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