Outliers: The Story of Success Quiz | Eight 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 1, The Matthew Effect.

Multiple Choice 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?
(a) Just birth date.
(b) Names, position, birth date, hometown.
(c) Just names and position.
(d) Just names and hometown.

2. Who is most likely to get into gifted programs in the school system Gladwell mentions?
(a) Those who are from the middle class and higher.
(b) Those whose parents push their child to succeed.
(c) Those who are the oldest of the year group.
(d) Those who were not premature babies.

3. What was the leading killer of men under the age of 65 in the 1950s?
(a) Car accidents.
(b) Infectious diseases.
(c) Stroke.
(d) Heart attacks.

4. Who is Roger Barnsley?
(a) A Canadian psychologist.
(b) A German psychiatrist.
(c) A Swedish exercise physiologist.
(d) A British hockey coach.

5. Why are children born in a certain part of the year more likely to stand out?
(a) If they are born in the summer, they practice more.
(b) There is no likelihood that one child will stand out over another.
(c) They have more growth than the younger ones of the same year.
(d) They are called first to play on teams.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Wolf learn when he examines the diets of the people of Roseto?

2. How does the country which Gladwell is discussing determine the cut-off date for hockey players?

3. What do Barnsley and a colleague find when they do further investigation into the entire country's professional hockey teams?

4. Who is Stewart Wolf?

5. What is the main business of Roseto in the early years of its founding?

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