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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Wolf learn when he examines the diets of the people of Roseto?
(a) Their diet is 90 percent grains, dairy and fruits.
(b) Their diet includes fatty and rich foods.
(c) Their diet is very low fat.
(d) Their diet is 90 percent vegetarian.

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

12. What is the main business of Roseto in the early years of its founding?
(a) Wool.
(b) Farming.
(c) Slate quarry.
(d) Wine.

13. 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 at least 180 cm. tall.
(d) Most are all at least 70 kg. in weight.

14. Where does Langan end up living?
(a) Rural Mississippi.
(b) Rural South Dakota.
(c) Rural Wyoming.
(d) Rural Missouri.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gladwell call having a higher IQ?

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

3. Through what age range are the school children tracked?

4. What time period is the first example of an outlier from?

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

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