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 common among emotionally retarded boys?

2. What is the name of center Garbarino helps run?

3. What does Garbarino claim is inside almost every violent teenager?

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

5. How has social policy contributed to youth violence?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the three options in terms of the development of aggressive and violent boys?

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

4. Explain Garbarino's stance on social conditions, and their relationship to youth violence.

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

6. Describe the concept of the tipping point.

7. Explain what class and race bias are, and how they contribute to a lack of concern for youth violence in minority areas.

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

9. Explain why Garbarino calls these violent youth 'lost boys'.

10. Explain why suicides should be included in rates of youth violence.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Garbarino discusses the concept of trauma in the book. Explain what trauma is, and why people who experience trauma deal with it in different ways. Be sure to include the two types of trauma in your answer, and why one of these types has such a lasting and detrimental effect. Include the concept of meaningfulness, as well as ideas of terminal thinking.

Essay Topic 2

In the book, Garbarino argues that in order for his political agenda to succeed, public institutions must be used, and that the Declaration of Independence defines the position of the government within the role of child development. Why does he believe this document is key to defining the contract between government and society? What does he say about equal rights, human rights, and public happiness? What does he say the document says about why the government exists? How has history altered this initial contract to make it fit for all people? Do you agree with Garbarino about the relationship between government and society? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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

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