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Malcolm Gladwell
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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does the country which Gladwell is discussing determine the cut-off date for hockey players?
(a) There is no set determination.
(b) June 1 and September 1.
(c) January 1 and June 1.
(d) January 1.

3. What is the Stanford-Binet test?
(a) A test for behavior psychosis.
(b) A test for unusual blood patterns.
(c) A test for intelligence.
(d) A test for mutant genes in a family line.

4. Which country's public school system has a similar effect to that found in Hungarian and Czechoslovakian soccer leagues?
(a) French.
(b) British.
(c) American.
(d) Canadian.

5. What does Gladwell think that being taller than another basketball player will do for a basketball player?
(a) He thinks the intimidation factor is what makes a difference not height.
(b) He thinks the taller person in some ways has a disadvantage because of expectations.
(c) He thinks it gives an advantage but no guarantees.
(d) He does not write about basket ball players.

6. 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 who were not premature babies.
(c) Those whose parents push their child to succeed.
(d) Those who are the oldest of the year group.

7. What band does Gladwell examine in this chapter?
(a) Herman's Hermits.
(b) The Doors.
(c) The Beatles.
(d) Led Zeppelin.

8. What is the name of the hockey team Gladwell examines in detail?
(a) Medicine Wheel.
(b) Wolf Moon Raiders.
(c) Medicine Hat Tigers.
(d) Coyote of Fortune.

9. What health issue is rarely seen in Roseto at the time Wolf visits the town?
(a) Strokes.
(b) Heart disease.
(c) Lung cancer.
(d) Polio.

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

11. What does Joy cheat a program to obtain?
(a) Unlimited time on the computer.
(b) Codes for the university's class schedules.
(c) Codes for using all the available programs.
(d) Codes for the university's grades.

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

13. What does Gladwell conclude about the heart health of Roseto's residents?
(a) The statistics have been skewed.
(b) It is something about the town itself that keeps its residents free from heart disease.
(c) The townspeople are exaggerating their good health.
(d) The townspeople are exaggerating their poor health.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gladwell address before he finishes the story about Chris Langan?

2. What does Gladwell say one has to have to gain success?

3. How many of the musicians make it to the highest level of musicianship through talent alone?

4. What is the first half Matthew effect?

5. How does Terman find appropriate subjects for his research?

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