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Malcolm Gladwell
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Joy do almost day in and day out at college?
(a) Brainstorm with other computer geeks.
(b) Program.
(c) Test his mettle against other geeks.
(d) Play.

2. What does Wolf learn when he examines the diets of the people of Roseto?
(a) Their diet includes fatty and rich foods.
(b) Their diet is 90 percent vegetarian.
(c) Their diet is very low fat.
(d) Their diet is 90 percent grains, dairy and fruits.

3. Why does Langan drop out of the second college he attends?
(a) He gets in trouble for breaking the rules.
(b) He hates the climate.
(c) He hates the core required courses.
(d) His schedule is not flexible.

4. What does Oppenheimer succeed in getting himself appointed as?
(a) The leader of the Manhattan Project.
(b) A professorship at MIT.
(c) The FBI's forensics unit.
(d) The CIA couterintelligence division.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gladwell think that being taller than another basketball player will do for a basketball player?

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

3. What do Barnsley and a colleague find when they do further investigation into the entire country's professional hockey teams?

4. What is the Stanford-Binet test?

5. What does access via terminals replace at Joy's college?

Short Essay Questions

1. With what definition does Gladwell open his book?

2. What is the 10,000-Hour Rule?

3. Why is the local physician's claim unusual, and what does Wolf decide to do?

4. What is the origination of the title of this chapter, "The Matthew Effect"?

5. What does Anders Ericcson learn in a study he makes of musicians?

6. What does Wolf finally decide is the reason for the low number of heart disease-related deaths?

7. What did the experiment track and what are the results?

8. What does Gladwell assert about intelligence and what analogy does he use?

9. Who is Bill Joy and what did he do?

10. What are the unusual circumstances in the timing of Bill Joy's career in computer programming?

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