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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Joy cheat a program to obtain?
2. In what year does Joy start college?
3. What does Wolf investigate among the families of Roseto?
4. Who is Roger Barnsley?
5. What do some players from the highest young people's hockey team sometimes go on to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does having a high IQ give a person?
2. To what does Gladwell attribute the difference between Langan and Oppenheimer?
3. With what definition does Gladwell open his book?
4. What does Wolf investigate and what does he learn?
5. What does Gladwell write about the rock group called The Beatles?
6. What is Langan working on and when does he expect to publish it?
7. What makes Roseto an "outlier" town and how does this fact come to light?
8. What does Gladwell assert about intelligence and what analogy does he use?
9. What table of data does Gladwell insert in his book at this point?
10. When are most of Canada's best hockey players born, and why does Barnley think that is so?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Gladwell has cited a number of people in this book. Discuss he following:
1. Choose three people whom Gladwell mentions positively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes). Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
2. Choose three people whom Gladwell mentions negatively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes). Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
3. Judging what Gladwell says about different people in his text, how would you characterize him as a friend? As a colleague? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Hostile takeovers become more and more common and Flom and others receive more and more work. Finally, the white shoe firms come around and start to take on the work, but by this time Flom has so much more experience at it that he is able to command a large part of the business and surpass many of the established firms. Had he not been excluded for being Jewish when he first started, he would have lost the advantage, Gladwell explains.
1. Explain irony in the context of Joe Flom's success. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
2. Do you think the way the circumstances changed in the law profession might have made the white Christian lawyers decide prejudice was not in their best interest? Why or why not? Use examples from Outliers and your own life to support your answer.
3. Make up an example of how a minority in your school might be successful at an endeavor because of prejudice. Use examples from Outliers and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Wolf concludes that there is something about the town itself that keeps its residents free from heart disease. He discovers that the town has a very high sense of community. People are very social and several generations of families live together. There are many clubs and other organizations and people are involved with their community. These seem to be contributing conditions to the relative good health of the residents of Roseto. It is not who they are as individuals, but where they are from that keeps them healthy.
1. Why do you think being a member of a close-knit community might make a person healthier? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
2. Do you think a group of individuals from the same area who are more unhealthy than the average American could be unhealthy because of where they live? Why or why not? Make up an example of why this might be true. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
3. Discuss what makes a community close-knit and how a small town that does not have a close-knit community might be able to promote one. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
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