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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 was the leading killer of men under the age of 65 in the 1950s?
(a) Heart attacks.
(b) Infectious diseases.
(c) Car accidents.
(d) Stroke.

2. Why does Langan despair of publishing his theory?
(a) It would be considered too wacky.
(b) No credentials.
(c) It is not finished.
(d) It is unprovable.

3. What does access via terminals replace at Joy's college?
(a) Access only via the mainframe.
(b) Access via the telephone.
(c) Limited access via one computer in the lab.
(d) Loading one application at a time.

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

5. How is Langan's family situated financially?
(a) Middle class.
(b) Upper class.
(c) Very wealthy.
(d) Very poor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first half Matthew effect?

2. What does Gladwell say about the residents of Roseto as far as their health?

3. At what university does Lewis Terman teach?

4. In what year does Joy start college?

5. How does the country which Gladwell is discussing determine the cut-off date for hockey players?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what does Gladwell attribute the difference between Langan and Oppenheimer?

2. What experiment does Lewis Terman carry out beginning in the 1920s?

3. What table of data does Gladwell insert in his book at this point?

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

5. Who is Robert Oppenheimer and what does he accomplish?

6. With what definition does Gladwell open his book?

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

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

9. What does Gladwell say a surface examination of the Canadian hockey league system would suggest?

10. When are most of Canada's best hockey players born, and why does Barnley think that is so?

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