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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. Who is Chris Langan?
(a) A man who has possibly the highest IQ of anyone alive.
(b) Gladwell's friend who went through reams of statistics.
(c) A talk show host who sponsors a show about intelligence.
(d) An anthropologist who studies native intelligence.

2. Who is Stewart Wolf?
(a) A sociologist.
(b) One of Gladwell's co-researchers.
(c) A lawyer.
(d) A physician and professor.

3. Where does Langan earn a scholarship to college?
(a) MIT.
(b) Reed.
(c) Oregon State.
(d) UCLA.

4. What does Lewis Terman begin doing in the 1920s?
(a) Trying to raise IQ scores through rigorous training.
(b) Trying to measure resistance to intelligence.
(c) Trying to develop a non-biased IQ test.
(d) Following the lives of very intelligent children.

5. What does the town of Roseto have in great abundance when Wolf is conducting his investigations?
(a) Money.
(b) Structure.
(c) A sense of community.
(d) Leisure time.

6. To what characteristic does Gladwell compare the importance of IQ?
(a) The importance of height to a basketball player.
(b) The importance of muscle to a football player.
(c) The importance of good looks for acting.
(d) The importance of upper body strength to a rock climber.

7. What do Barnsley and a colleague find when they do further investigation into the entire country's professional hockey teams?
(a) Most are born in the first three months of the year.
(b) Most are all born close to midnight.
(c) Most are all at least 70 kg. in weight.
(d) Most are at least 180 cm. tall.

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

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

10. What does Gladwell say about the residents of Roseto as far as their health?
(a) He does not mention their health.
(b) They are average compared to other Americans.
(c) They are poorer than average compared to other Americans.
(d) They are remarkably healthy compared to other Americans.

11. How many hours does one have to practice something to become an expert?
(a) 100,000.
(b) 10,000.
(c) 1,000.
(d) It depends upon how complex the task is.

12. In what year does Joy start college?
(a) 1971.
(b) 1968.
(c) 1977.
(d) 1975.

13. What does Terman believe will be true of individuals with high IQ scores?
(a) They will be successful adults.
(b) They will be more often on the fringes of society.
(c) They will be the ones who create most of the inventions that are patented.
(d) They will be social misfits.

14. What does Wolf investigate among the families of Roseto?
(a) Their income status.
(b) Their family history.
(c) Their outlooks on life.
(d) Their diet.

15. What do the residents of Roseto reconstruct?
(a) An experiment in liberality.
(b) An experiment in moving from a lower to middle class.
(c) An American version of the structure of European society.
(d) An American version of their Italian homeland.

Short Answer Questions

1. What college does Joy attend?

2. What does Gladwell delay discussing until the next chapter?

3. What does Joy do almost day in and day out at college?

4. What health issue is rarely seen in Roseto at the time Wolf visits the town?

5. What does Langan work on using his intelligence?

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