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. In what year does Joy start college?

2. What is the Stanford-Binet test?

3. From what town in Europe are most of the early residents of Roseto, Pennsylvania?

4. What do Barnsley and a colleague find when they do further investigation into the entire country's professional hockey teams?

5. How are Oppenheimer's social skills?

Short Essay Questions

1. What experiment does Lewis Terman carry out beginning in the 1920s?

2. Where is Roseto and who founded it?

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

4. What is the origination of the title of this chapter, "The Matthew Effect"?

5. What does having a high IQ give a person?

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

7. Where is Langan at the time Gladwell writes his book?

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

9. With what definition does Gladwell open his book?

10. What is Langan working on and when does he expect to publish it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gladwell makes a number of comparisons throughout his text. Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Compare the way honor is seen in the southern United States to the way it seems to be viewed in the northern states. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

2. Compare the difference between the cultural legacy of the United States and Colombia. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

3. Compare the way that Oppenheimer handled criticism and problems with his behavior to the way that Langan did. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Kentucky is settled by people who come from a "culture of honor." Back in Britain, they are herdsmen and herding cultures worldwide have commonly developed such a culture, Gladwell explains. In a culture of honor, loyalty to one's family or clan is the most important thing. People from this background are driven to defend their families and are quick to respond to any perceived threat.

1. Discuss what a culture of honor is in your own words. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

2. Do you think honor can be a good value if used properly? Why or why not? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

3. What do you think are the dangers in too much loyalty to one's family or a over blown sense of honor? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

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