Outliers: The Story of Success Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. To whom does Gladwell compare Oppenheimer?
(a) Gladwell.
(b) Einstein.
(c) Langan.
(d) Termer.

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

4. What makes Wolf think it is not the region that is healthy?
(a) He does think the region has some part in the town's health.
(b) There are two nearby towns that have heart disease at higher rates.
(c) Most of the towns in the region have similar health patterns as the rest of the United States.
(d) There is a great amount of environmental pollution in that area.

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

6. From what does the title "The Matthew Effect" get its name?
(a) The name of a chess prodigy who has the highest IQ ever recorded.
(b) A movie that was only shown in theaters for a couple weeks.
(c) The book of Matthew in the New Testament.
(d) A young man who won 6 Olympic gold medals at the games in Finland in 1952.

7. Through what age range are the school children tracked?
(a) From very young through into their adult lives.
(b) From very young until graduation from college.
(c) From very young up until graduation from high school.
(d) From very young until ninth grade.

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

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

10. What does Gladwell say Roseto, Pennsylvania is an example of?
(a) A progressive town.
(b) An outlier.
(c) A place with above average numbers of high achievers.
(d) A failure in public welfare.

11. Who is Anders Ericcson?
(a) A psychiatrist.
(b) A sociologist.
(c) A statistician.
(d) A psychologist.

12. What group of people founded Roseto, Pennsylvania?
(a) Swedish immigrants.
(b) Irish immigrants.
(c) German immigrants.
(d) Italian immigrants.

13. What is the first half Matthew effect?
(a) When you're on a roll, sometimes you win just because your success intimidates.
(b) Those who have much will get even more.
(c) If it can't be seen, it can't be talked about and it can't win an Academy award.
(d) A high IQ is required for chess success.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many hours does one have to practice something to become an expert?

2. When does this band seem to come out of nowhere to rocket to stardom?

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

4. What do the residents of Roseto reconstruct?

5. Where does this band get their start playing?

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