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 coed college does the author say her mother attended in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap”?

2. What speaker from the Wellesley Centers for Women gave a talk called “Feeling Like a Fraud” when the author was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society?

3. The author states in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap,” “A 2012 McKinsey survey of more than four thousand employees of leading companies found that 36 percent of the men wanted to reach the C-suite, compared to” what percentage of women?

4. Who is described in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability” as one of the engineering directors at Facebook who held a meeting in 2011 with female engineers to encourage them to share the progress they’d made on products they were building?

5. The author writes in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability” that during the summer between her first and second years in business school, she received what award for having the highest first-year academic record?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Sandberg relate of her own career plan in Chapter 4: "It's a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder"?

3. How does the author describe “impostor syndrome” in Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table”?

4. What does the author say of Padmasree Warrior in Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table”?

5. What story is related of Josh Steiner in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?”

6. What author from The New Yorker is cited in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability”? What did this author say about self-doubt?

7. 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”?

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

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

10. How does Sandberg suggest one might go about soliciting a mentor in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?”

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine and discuss the “double bind” that women face in regards to likeability and success in the workplace. How should women navigate the balance between owning one’s success and maintaining humility? What are practical suggestions given by the author in maintaining this balance?

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

Describe and discuss the laws and regulations that are currently in place to address wage inequality between the sexes. Why is it so difficult to address this issue legally? What can be done by workers in the workplace when they realize there is bias in compensation and/or benefits?

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