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Malcolm Gladwell
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What college does Joy attend?
(a) University of Michigan.
(b) UC Berkeley.
(c) UCLA.
(d) Stanford.

2. What is the main business of Roseto in the early years of its founding?
(a) Wine.
(b) Wool.
(c) Slate quarry.
(d) Farming.

3. With whom does Bill Gates found Microsoft?
(a) Steve Jobs.
(b) Bill Joy.
(c) Paul Allen.
(d) He founds it by himself.

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

5. What opportunity does Joy have that few students had at that time?
(a) The opportunity to spend 1,000 hours on programming.
(b) The opportunity to study the results of his coding.
(c) The opportunity to spend 15,000 hours on programming.
(d) The opportunity to spend 10,000 hours on programming.

6. What does Oppenheimer have difficulty with when he is young?
(a) Emotional instability.
(b) School.
(c) His social life.
(d) His family life.

7. Where does Langan once make an appearance that Gladwell mentions?
(a) A group of anthropologists in Brazil.
(b) A chess meet.
(c) A Senate investigation committee.
(d) A television quiz show.

8. How many of the musicians make it to the highest level of musicianship through talent alone?
(a) 0 percent.
(b) 25 percent.
(c) 10 percent.
(d) 40 percent.

9. Why does Langan despair of publishing his theory?
(a) No credentials.
(b) It is not finished.
(c) It would be considered too wacky.
(d) It is unprovable.

10. To where does Langan transfer from his first college?
(a) University of Michigan.
(b) UC Berkeley.
(c) Oklahoma State University.
(d) University of Montana.

11. What does Langan do after dropping out of the second college?
(a) Joins a rock band.
(b) Works on his family's farm.
(c) Moves to New York City to panhandle.
(d) Works construction.

12. What does Gladwell delay discussing until the next chapter?
(a) Why highly intelligent people are seldom successful.
(b) The rest of Langan's story.
(c) How to use innate intelligence even if you do not have a high IQ.
(d) The rest of Terman's story.

13. What does Gladwell address before he finishes the story about Chris Langan?
(a) The school system in which Langan grows up.
(b) The family of geniuses from which Langan comes.
(c) The subject of IQ.
(d) The idea of IQ having very litte accuracy.

14. What is Langan unprepared to do?
(a) Work hard.
(b) Assert himself in an urban setting.
(c) Accept mediocrity.
(d) Push past his fears.

15. From what town in Europe are most of the early residents of Roseto, Pennsylvania?
(a) Rome.
(b) Naples.
(c) Roseto.
(d) Lucera.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gladwell say is required for someone to succeed?

2. From what does the title "The Matthew Effect" get its name?

3. What do some players from the highest young people's hockey team sometimes go on to do?

4. Why does Langan lose his scholarship?

5. What is Oppenheimer able to do even though he has some disadvantages?

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