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Malcolm Gladwell
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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. To where does Langan transfer from his first college?
(a) UC Berkeley.
(b) University of Montana.
(c) Oklahoma State University.
(d) University of Michigan.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who is Stuart Wolf?
(a) One of Gladwell's co-researchers.
(b) A sociologist.
(c) A lawyer.
(d) A physician and professor.

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

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

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

13. What does Lewis Terman begin doing in the 1920s?
(a) Trying to develop a non-biased IQ test.
(b) Following the lives of very intelligent children.
(c) Trying to measure resistance to intelligence.
(d) Trying to raise IQ scores through rigorous training.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the Stanford-Binet test?

3. What do the residents of Roseto reconstruct?

4. What does Gladwell say one has to have to gain success?

5. Who is Bill Joy?

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