Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

James Garbarino
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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 is the technical term for the disorder that results in highly troubled young boys who constantly misbehave?

2. What is the name of the game children in 'war zone' neighborhoods play with blocks?

3. What has been shown to increase obedience during infancy?

4. What clothing item differentiates the levels of progress within the center?

5. What is disassociation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the concept of the tipping point.

2. Explain why the problem of youth violence changes as the problem spreads, and why 'war zones' are a prime area for the 'infection' of youth violence to foster.

3. Explain why some abused children avoid these negative social maps?

4. What are the temperamental traits that put a child at risk for trouble and aggression, and what does research on responsive mothers show in light of these traits?

5. Explain the term 'toxic shame', and what it means to Garbarino.

6. Explain why Garbarino argues that medical technology is partially to blame for unreliable statistics on homicide rates.

7. Discuss what happened in 1998 that made the world take notice of youth violence.

8. In addition to negative social maps, what are two other links between abuse and child develop issues?

9. Explain what researchers Patrick Tolan and Nancy Guerra discover are the most effective treatments for delinquency and criminally violent youth.

10. Explain the four factors that help keep a young soul from dying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are six characteristics and conditions that are relevant to saving young men from violence, according to Garbarino. Choose three of these, and discuss them in depth, including how they help anchor a child, and how they can help avoid violent behavior.

1. Stable positive emotional relationships.

2. An ability to cope with stress

3. Intelligence

4. Authentic Self Esteem

5. Positive Social Support Outside the Family

6. Androgyny

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, there are several moments where Garbarino asks us to reflect on our own feelings and actions. Compare and contrast the violent youth to yourself. Be sure to compare moral circles, risk factors, perceived or real injustices, social prejudice, social conditions, capability for empathy and compassion, and spirituality. Through your comparison, answer the question of why your morals are different than those of violent youth.

Essay Topic 3

Garbarino discusses his political agenda to tackle the challenge of detoxifying social environments in some of the areas of the United States. He includes two basic tenants to his agenda. Choose one, and explain it, in detail. What does he mean by this piece of the agenda? Why does he claim it is needed? What good will tackling this issue due in terms of youth violence? Is it controversial? Why? Do you agree that it is necessary? Why or why not? Do you think achieving the goal is possible? Why or why not? Be sure to use details from the book.

1. Protecting Children From Corrupting Violent Influences

2. Disarming Children and Youth

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