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

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

3. What makes Wolf think it is not the region that is healthy?
(a) Most of the towns in the region have similar health patterns as the rest of the United States.
(b) There is a great amount of environmental pollution in that area.
(c) There are two nearby towns that have heart disease at higher rates.
(d) He does think the region has some part in the town's health.

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

5. What is Langan unprepared to do?
(a) Work hard.
(b) Push past his fears.
(c) Assert himself in an urban setting.
(d) Accept mediocrity.

6. What does Gladwell say is required for someone to succeed?
(a) Practical intelligence.
(b) Being an entrepreneur.
(c) High intelligence.
(d) Luck.

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

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

9. What does Gladwell find out about soccer leagues in Hungary and Czechoslovakia?
(a) There is no correlation between hockey and soccer.
(b) Those born in the first three months of the year predominate on the elite teams.
(c) The birth factor is more pronounced since physical skills are more critical in soccer.
(d) The birth fact is not as pronounced since size is not such a factor in soccer.

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

11. Where does Langan earn a scholarship to college?
(a) UCLA.
(b) Reed.
(c) MIT.
(d) Oregon State.

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

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

15. What does Oppenheimer have difficulty with when he is young?
(a) His family life.
(b) School.
(c) His social life.
(d) Emotional instability.

Short Answer Questions

1. What group of people founded Roseto, Pennsylvania?

2. What does Gladwell call having a higher IQ?

3. Who developed the Stanford-Binet test?

4. What is the first half Matthew effect?

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

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