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

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

3. What does Langan display at a very young age?
(a) The appearance of being slow.
(b) A lack of social skills.
(c) Remarkable intelligence.
(d) Average intelligence.

4. Who is Bill Joy?
(a) A entrepreneur in the field of sports.
(b) A entrepreneur in the field of art.
(c) An Apple programmer.
(d) A computer programmer.

5. What does Gladwell address before he finishes the story about Chris Langan?
(a) The family of geniuses from which Langan comes.
(b) The school system in which Langan grows up.
(c) The idea of IQ having very litte accuracy.
(d) The subject of IQ.

6. 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 15,000 hours on programming.
(c) The opportunity to spend 10,000 hours on programming.
(d) The opportunity to spend 1,000 hours on programming.

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. What does Gladwell delay discussing until the next chapter?
(a) The rest of Langan's story.
(b) Why highly intelligent people are seldom successful.
(c) The rest of Terman's story.
(d) How to use innate intelligence even if you do not have a high IQ.

9. Who developed the Stanford-Binet test?
(a) John Stanford.
(b) Erricsson.
(c) Todd Binet.
(d) Lewis Terman.

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

11. With whom does Wolf speak at Roseto?
(a) Several sociology professors.
(b) Several local ministers.
(c) A local politician.
(d) A local physician.

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

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

14. How does the country which Gladwell is discussing determine the cut-off date for hockey players?
(a) There is no set determination.
(b) January 1 and June 1.
(c) January 1.
(d) June 1 and September 1.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the leading killer of men under the age of 65 in the 1950s?

2. With whom does Bill Gates found Microsoft?

3. What is the Memorial Cup?

4. What data does the table that Gladwell consults to theorize the success of some of the best hockey players in the country include?

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

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