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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 pattern does Gladwell examine in Kentucky?
(a) Families who go into coal mining.
(b) Families who go into the garment industry.
(c) Family feuds.
(d) Families who go into the tobacco industry.

2. What can Chinese farmers do if they produce more than the taxed amount?
(a) They are only allowed to produce a certain amount.
(b) Share it.
(c) Keep it.
(d) Gladwell does not say.

3. What is not unique in Harlan?
(a) Large quartz mines.
(b) Cooperation between various wealthy families to the detriment of the poor.
(c) Feuds between two families.
(d) A spirit of community.

4. What is one group of people worldwide who have developed the culture Gladwell examines in Kentucky?
(a) Mining groups.
(b) Herding groups.
(c) Industrial groups.
(d) Farming groups.

5. What is the PDI of people of the United States?
(a) Low.
(b) About in the middle.
(c) High.
(d) It's never been measured.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the pilots instruments indicate?

2. Who are the Borgenichts?

3. What are people quick to do in the type of culture Gladwell examines in Kentucky?

4. From what region of the country are the angriest subjects?

5. What is one type of work Joe Flom does when he is just out of college?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harlan gain notoriety in its early days?

2. What experiment do Dov Cohen and Richard Nisbett conduct in the 1990s?

3. How do Korean Airlines change their bad record of crashes?

4. What are proxy wars?

5. What is entailed in growing rice?

6. How does understanding math relate to growing rice?

7. How do the students at KIPP Academy differ from those of other public schools?

8. Explain the term "Power Distance Index" and who coins the term.

9. What does Gladwell think is the cause of families feuding?

10. What does Gladwell say about early American educational theorists?

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