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. Children who lack attachment abilities have difficultly learning ____________________.

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

3. What often begins the spiral of depression, anger, and violence in teenage boys?

4. Why is parental abandonment particularly dangerous?

5. What phrase does Garbarino use to explain the way the nation reacts to situations, based on color and socioeconomic status?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. Explain the three effects of living without a father on youth development.

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

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

7. Explain the tie between neurological problems and violence, and why Garbarino blames, again, medical technologies for the rise in neurological issues in children.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the "boot camp" method of juvenile administration with the Monastery method Garbarino supports. Be sure to discuss what is included in each, underlying principles, and basic concepts, as well as explaining why Garbarino favors the monastery method, and why he believes it is so beneficial for violent youths.

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

List and discuss the four factors that can help keep a young person from becoming despondent, or as Garbarino puts it, "keep a soul from dying". Be sure to discuss not only the four factors, but how those factors help to keep the "inner light" of young people alive, despite any negative circumstances they may be in.

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