Outliers: The Story of Success Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Malcolm Gladwell
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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. How are children grouped to play hockey in the country Gladwell discusses?

2. What does Gladwell address before he finishes the story about Chris Langan?

3. What is the other half of the Matthew effect?

4. With whom does Wolf speak at Roseto?

5. What does Gladwell think that being taller than another basketball player will do for a basketball player?

Short Essay Questions

1. What table of data does Gladwell insert in his book at this point?

2. What does Gladwell say Langan does not seem to be able to do?

3. What does Gladwell assert about intelligence and what analogy does he use?

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

5. What does Wolf investigate and what does he learn?

6. Who is Bill Joy and what did he do?

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

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

9. How are students in the hockey leagues grouped and what is the way the children move into other leagues?

10. What does Anders Ericcson learn in a study he makes of musicians?

Essay Topics

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

Chapter 5 is called "The Three Lessons of Joe Flom." Joe Flom is a partner in a very successful New York law firm.

1. Discuss, in depth, the three lessons of Joe Flom. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

2. How do you think the lessons of Joe Flom might relate to the idea of fate or destiny? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

3. Do you think Joe's success, in his circumstances, was because he was Jewish or do you think any discriminated against minority might have fared the same? Why or why not? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

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