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

2. What is 30 to 35 percent lower in Roseto than the rest of the country?
(a) Death rate from heart disease.
(b) Death rate from strokes.
(c) Divorce rate.
(d) Suicide rate.

3. From what town in Europe are most of the early residents of Roseto, Pennsylvania?
(a) Naples.
(b) Roseto.
(c) Lucera.
(d) Rome.

4. What do some players from the highest young people's hockey team sometimes go on to do?
(a) Play professionally.
(b) Teach hockey in colleges.
(c) There is no common thing that some of the young people do.
(d) Coach professional hockey teams.

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

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

7. How does Terman find appropriate subjects for his research?
(a) By observing students on the play ground.
(b) By asking for volunteers.
(c) By sifting through school records.
(d) By asking teachers' opinions.

8. How are Oppenheimer's social skills?
(a) Poor.
(b) Barely adequate.
(c) Good.
(d) Extremely high.

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

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

11. What does Gladwell say has a threshold?
(a) The accuracy of IQ tests.
(b) Tolerance.
(c) Statistics.
(d) Intelligence.

12. Who is Chris Langan?
(a) A man who has possibly the highest IQ of anyone alive.
(b) Gladwell's friend who went through reams of statistics.
(c) A talk show host who sponsors a show about intelligence.
(d) An anthropologist who studies native intelligence.

13. What college does Joy attend?
(a) University of Michigan.
(b) UC Berkeley.
(c) Stanford.
(d) UCLA.

14. Why does Langan lose his scholarship?
(a) He will not major in what is required by the scholarship.
(b) He fails to work the amount of hours he is supposed to.
(c) His mother does not turn in required paperwork.
(d) His grades fall.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Terman believe will be true of individuals with high IQ scores?

2. What is Oppenheimer able to do even though he has some disadvantages?

3. Who is Anders Ericcson?

4. What is the single most important reason for the success of a group of musicians Ericcson studies?

5. What is Langan unprepared to do?

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