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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 company does Joy co-found?
(a) IBM.
(b) Sun Microsystems.
(c) Microsoft.
(d) Intel.

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

3. What is the single most important reason for the success of a group of musicians Ericcson studies?
(a) Parental support.
(b) Innate ability.
(c) Practice.
(d) Exposure at an early age.

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

5. What does Gladwell say one has to have to gain success?
(a) Just smart enough.
(b) Just high intelligence.
(c) High intelligence and a good family life.
(d) High intelligence and motivation.

6. What makes Wolf think it is not the region that is healthy?
(a) Most of the towns in the region have similar health patterns as the rest of the United States.
(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) He does think the region has some part in the town's health.

7. What does Oppenheimer succeed in getting himself appointed as?
(a) The FBI's forensics unit.
(b) A professorship at MIT.
(c) The leader of the Manhattan Project.
(d) The CIA couterintelligence division.

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

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

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

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

12. From what country are the hockey players that Gladwell discusses?
(a) Russia.
(b) The United States.
(c) Canada.
(d) Sweden.

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

14. Why are children born in a certain part of the year more likely to stand out?
(a) There is no likelihood that one child will stand out over another.
(b) If they are born in the summer, they practice more.
(c) They have more growth than the younger ones of the same year.
(d) They are called first to play on teams.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Langan once make an appearance that Gladwell mentions?

3. What does Langan work on using his intelligence?

4. Who is most likely to get into gifted programs in the school system Gladwell mentions?

5. Who developed the Stanford-Binet test?

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