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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 did the early American educational theorists claim about long hours of school?
(a) It keeps young people out of trouble.
(b) It endgenders a strong working ethic.
(c) It results in over stimulating the mind.
(d) It engenders strong morals.

2. Where does it crash?
(a) Hawaii.
(b) North Korea.
(c) Guam.
(d) Japan.

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

4. Why does the pilot have difficulty seeing the runway?
(a) Heavy fog.
(b) Heavy rain.
(c) The electricity is off.
(d) Heavy smoke.

5. Of what does Gladwell say he hopes his readers are skeptical?
(a) Gladwell's statistics.
(b) Typical people.
(c) Typical rags-to-riches stories.
(d) The need for success.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do farmers of the Middle Ages do in the summer in Europe?

2. What firms are run by Christian men who live in the suburbs?

3. What is Suren Ratwatte's area of expertise?

4. What do Koreans and Colombians have in common?

5. What is the Colombian pilot's attitude when he communicates the plane's situation to the air traffic controller?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the plane crash of Korean Airlines Flight 801 in 1997.

3. Why is Flom willing to work proxy wars?

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

5. Why doesn't Joe Flom work for a large, prestigious law group when he graduates from law school?

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

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

8. What are proxy wars?

9. How does the crash of Flight 801 fit a pattern for Korean Airlines?

10. How does understanding math relate to growing rice?

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