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

Malcolm Gladwell
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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