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 do these various options for early violent behavior often depend on?

2. What does the author admit he is trying to do by writing this book?

3. In what year did four shootings occur in areas that were not typically hubs of youth violence?

4. The term for the moment when a small change in the presence of a germ produces a big change in the rate of infection is _______________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the concept of the tipping point.

2. What does Garbarino say about society's desire to punish violent youth?

3. What are some of the risk factors for youth violence?

4. Explain the effect of the historical and cultural patterns of the South on the 'war zones' of larger urban cities.

5. Explain how this problem in small cities in magnified by the educational system.

6. Describe the first step in how the 'disease' of youth violence spread in the United States.

7. Explain the accumulation approach to risk factors for youth violence, and how it helps lend hope for helping these young men.

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

9. Explain 'Conduct Disorder', and why it is a useful, but dangerous, label.

10. Explain what the Chicago Tribune did in 1993 - 1994, and what Garbarino's son's reaction was to his father's concerns.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are ten facts of life that Garbarino believes are vital to understanding the problem of violent youths (pg 217 - 232). Each of these, he believes, implies concepts that can be used for rehabilitation programs. Choose three of these, and discuss what they are, how the affect youths and youth violence, and what implications it has for treatment and rehabilitation.

Essay Topic 2

The seventh line of defense against youth violence mentioned in the book is that of character education. What is character education? What do current character education programs focus on? What is needed for character education to work? How does it help to detoxify the social environment? Do you think character education is a realistic goal? Why or why not? What obstacles do you see for these programs? Have any shown to be successful? Where?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concepts of depersonalization and desensitization. Include the information given about the changes in training for the military, and why that tells us something about the desensitization effects of modern media. In your discussion, discuss how modern media, including violent television and video games, can desensitize and sensationalize violence, as well as how modern music can dehumanize women and other races and cultures.

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