Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the conclusion Terman comes to about high IQ children?
2. What is Oppenheimer able to do even though he has some disadvantages?
3. To where does Langan transfer from his first college?
4. Why does Langan lose his scholarship?
5. What does the table that Gladwell consults to theorize the success of some of the best hockey players in the country discussed?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the unusual circumstances in the timing of Bill Joy's career in computer programming?
2. What table of data does Gladwell insert in his book at this point?
3. What does Anders Ericcson learn in a study he makes of musicians?
4. How do the students at KIPP Academy differ from those of other public schools?
5. What does Gladwell say about early American educational theorists?
6. Explain the term "Power Distance Index" and who coins the term.
7. What does Wolf finally decide is the reason for the low heart disease rate?
8. How is a work ethic related to growing rice?
9. What experiment do Dov Cohen and Richard Nisbett conduct in the 1990s?
10. What is Gladwell's general premise about the connection between growing rice and the success of Asian peoples?
Gladwell opens his book with a dictionary definition of the word "outlier." It is "something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body," and also "a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from others of the sample." His first example of an outlier is the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania in the first half of the 20th century.
1. In your own words, give a definition of an outlier. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
2. Discuss the reasons you think outliers are valuable for research purposes. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
3. Explain, in your own words, why the town of Roseto, Pa. is an outlier and make-up another example of a town that would be an outlier. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
The suggestion Gladwell takes from these numbers is that while efforts are being made to reduce class size and improve school facilities, the facts point to a simpler solution for children who are falling behind in school. They need more of it.
This is part of the philosophy behind the KIPP Academy. Students are at school until 5 o'clock in the evening. They attend class on Saturdays, and go for an extra three weeks in the summer. They spend on average fifty percent more time in class than students in the regular schools.
1. Discuss, in depth, why educators believe smaller class size would help students. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
2. Explain why you would or would not be willing to attend KIPP. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
3. Do you think education is the most important part of a child's life or do you think it is secondary to other areas? Why or why not? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
Outliers belongs to the non-fiction genre. Discuss the following:
1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the non-fiction genre.
2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.
3. What do you think is the difference between a non-fiction and a novel?
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