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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 keeps Langan from talking his way into some class changes at the second college he attends?
(a) An inferiority complex.
(b) A lack of social skills.
(c) A lack of drive.
(d) An unusually strong deference to authority.

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

3. Through what age range are the school children tracked?
(a) From very young through into their adult lives.
(b) From very young until ninth grade.
(c) From very young until graduation from college.
(d) From very young up until graduation from high school.

4. What group of people founded Roseto, Pennsylvania?
(a) Irish immigrants.
(b) Italian immigrants.
(c) German immigrants.
(d) Swedish immigrants.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Roger notice about the majority of the hockey players in the game he is watching?

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

3. What is the main business of Roseto in the early years of its founding?

4. What college does Joy attend?

5. What does Gladwell say Roseto, Pennsylvania is an example of?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where is Langan at the time Gladwell writes his book?

3. What does IQ stand for and who developed a test to measure it?

4. Describe Canada's system of amateur hockey leagues.

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

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

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

8. Where is Roseto and who founded it?

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

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

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