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

2. What is the conclusion Terman comes to about high IQ children?
(a) They actually fail more often than other children.
(b) They succeed just five percent more often than other children.
(c) They succeed fifty percent more often than other children.
(d) They succeed or fail at the same rate as other children.

3. 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 is a great amount of environmental pollution in that area.
(c) There are two nearby towns that have heart disease at higher rates.
(d) Most of the towns in the region have similar health patterns as the rest of the United States.

4. What does Roger notice about the majority of the hockey players in the game he is watching?
(a) Most are all at least 70 kg. in weight.
(b) Most are at least 180 cm. tall.
(c) Most are all born close to midnight.
(d) Most are born in the first three months of the year.

5. When does this band seem to come out of nowhere to rocket to stardom?
(a) 1960s.
(b) 1970s.
(c) Late 1950s.
(d) Mid-1980s.

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

7. What opportunity does Joy have that few students had at that time?
(a) The opportunity to spend 10,000 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 1,000 hours on programming.

8. What does Gladwell call having a higher IQ?
(a) A curse.
(b) An advantage.
(c) A blessing.
(d) A liability.

9. What time period is the first example of an outlier from?
(a) The first half of the 20th century.
(b) Mid-to late 20th century.
(c) The first decade of the 21st century.
(d) The last decade of the 19th century.

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

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

12. 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.

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

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

15. At what university does Lewis Terman teach?
(a) UCLA.
(b) UC Berkeley.
(c) MIT.
(d) Stanford.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who developed the Stanford-Binet test?

3. How are children grouped to play hockey in the country Gladwell discusses?

4. What does access via terminals replace at Joy's college?

5. When does Wolf visit Roseto?

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