Outliers: The Story of Success Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

Malcolm Gladwell
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 1, Chapter 3, The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do some players from the highest young people's hockey team sometimes go on to do?
(a) Play professionally.
(b) Teach hockey in colleges.
(c) There is no common thing that some of the young people do.
(d) Coach professional hockey teams.

2. How does Terman find appropriate subjects for his research?
(a) By asking for volunteers.
(b) By observing students on the play ground.
(c) By sifting through school records.
(d) By asking teachers' opinions.

3. What is 30 to 35 percent lower in Roseto than the rest of the country?
(a) Divorce rate.
(b) Death rate from strokes.
(c) Death rate from heart disease.
(d) Suicide rate.

4. What is the single most important reason for the success of a group of musicians Ericcson studies?
(a) Practice.
(b) Exposure at an early age.
(c) Innate ability.
(d) Parental support.

5. What is the other half of the Matthew effect?
(a) Academy awards do not necessarily go to the best movies.
(b) Intimidation is not always something you consciously do.
(c) Those who have little will lose even that small amount.
(d) A high IQ can hinder some types of success.

Short Answer Questions

1. What data does the table that Gladwell consults to theorize the success of some of the best hockey players in the country include?

2. What does the town of Roseto have in great abundance when Wolf is conducting his investigations?

3. What does Roger notice about the majority of the hockey players in the game he is watching?

4. Who is most likely to get into gifted programs in the school system Gladwell mentions?

5. What does Gladwell say Roseto, Pennsylvania is an example of?

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