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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. Who are the Borgenichts?
(a) A family in the garment industry in New York.
(b) A family of vintners in New York.
(c) A family of lawyers from New England.
(d) A group who eschew luxury.

2. What does Gladwell say is an inviolate part of the school year?
(a) Moving from grade to grade without challenge.
(b) Sports.
(c) Changing classes.
(d) Summer vacation.

3. What does George Hofstede research?
(a) Cultural differences within a country.
(b) Cultural differences among countries.
(c) Training routines.
(d) Plane crashes.

4. How often does the rice farmer have to tend to the rice paddies?
(a) Two or three times a month.
(b) Continually.
(c) Just in the Spring.
(d) Just in the summer.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are the Hatfields and McCoys?

2. When is Harlan settled?

3. What do Koreans and Colombians have in common?

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

5. What neighborhood feeds into KIPP Academy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does understanding math relate to growing rice?

2. Why is Flom willing to work proxy wars?

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

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

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

6. What does Suren Ratwatte say about a Colombian airliner that crashes in New York?

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

8. What is Gladwell's interpretation of Cohen and Nisbett's experiment?

9. How does PDI explain the crash of the Colombian airliner?

10. What evidence is there that summer vacations may be hindering the success of many students?

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