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. What does Terman believe will be true of individuals with high IQ scores?

2. To where does Langan transfer from his first college?

3. What does Oppenheimer succeed in getting himself appointed as?

4. How is Langan's family situated financially?

5. What do some players from the highest young people's hockey team sometimes go on to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Roseto an "outlier" town and how does this fact come to light?

2. What is Gladwell's interpretation of Cohen and Nisbett's experiment?

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

4. Why is Flom willing to work proxy wars?

5. When are most of Canada's best hockey players born, and why does Barnley think that is so?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay 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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful work of non-fiction?

2. Analyze and discuss Outliers based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Outliers is a successful work of non-fiction/memoir.

3. Is Outliers a book you would recommend to a friend? Why or why not? Explain.

4. Can a non-fictional book be successful and yet many readers not enjoy it? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Outliers. Questions that Gladwell most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Gladwell' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Gladwell' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Gladwell and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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