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 access via terminals replace at Joy's college?
(a) Access only via the mainframe.
(b) Access via the telephone.
(c) Loading one application at a time.
(d) Limited access via one computer in the lab.

2. What do Barnsley and a colleague find when they do further investigation into the entire country's professional hockey teams?
(a) Most are all born close to midnight.
(b) Most are at least 180 cm. tall.
(c) Most are all at least 70 kg. in weight.
(d) Most are born in the first three months of the year.

3. How many hours does one have to practice something to become an expert?
(a) 100,000.
(b) 1,000.
(c) It depends upon how complex the task is.
(d) 10,000.

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

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

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

7. When does Wolf visit Roseto?
(a) 1988.
(b) The 1950s.
(c) 1962.
(d) The 1990s.

8. Who is most likely to get into gifted programs in the school system Gladwell mentions?
(a) Those who are the oldest of the year group.
(b) Those who are from the middle class and higher.
(c) Those whose parents push their child to succeed.
(d) Those who were not premature babies.

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

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

11. 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 all born close to midnight.
(c) Most are at least 180 cm. tall.
(d) Most are born in the first three months of the year.

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

13. How is Langan's family situated financially?
(a) Very poor.
(b) Middle class.
(c) Very wealthy.
(d) Upper class.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What opportunity does Joy have that few students had at that time?

2. What is the computer center where Joy goes to college like at that time?

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

4. What company does Joy co-found?

5. What is the age when this countries hockey play is at the pinnacle of success for young people?

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