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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. Who developed the Stanford-Binet test?
2. What does Gladwell address before he finishes the story about Chris Langan?
3. What do Barnsley and a colleague find when they do further investigation into the entire country's professional hockey teams?
4. What does Gladwell delay discussing until the next chapter?
5. With whom does Wolf speak at Roseto?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is the local physician's claim unusual, and what does Wolf decide to do?
2. What table of data does Gladwell insert in his book at this point?
3. What does IQ stand for and who developed a test to measure it?
4. What does Wolf investigate and what does he learn?
5. What experiment does Lewis Terman carry out beginning in the 1920s?
6. Describe Canada's system of amateur hockey leagues.
7. What makes Roseto an "outlier" town and how does this fact come to light?
8. Who is Bill Joy and what did he do?
9. How are students in the hockey leagues grouped and what is the way the children move into other leagues?
10. Where is Langan at the time Gladwell writes his book?
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
Wolf concludes that there is something about the town itself that keeps its residents free from heart disease. He discovers that the town has a very high sense of community. People are very social and several generations of families live together. There are many clubs and other organizations and people are involved with their community. These seem to be contributing conditions to the relative good health of the residents of Roseto. It is not who they are as individuals, but where they are from that keeps them healthy.
1. Why do you think being a member of a close-knit community might make a person healthier? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
2. Do you think a group of individuals from the same area who are more unhealthy than the average American could be unhealthy because of where they live? Why or why not? Make up an example of why this might be true. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
3. Discuss what makes a community close-knit and how a small town that does not have a close-knit community might be able to promote one. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Gladwell writes his opinions on education in the public schools as opposed to pilot schools or Asian schools. Discuss one of the following:
1. Discuss and analyze three major ideas Gladwell has about education.
2. How are Gladwell's ideas about education supported by his research? Or not? Discuss with examples.
3. Discuss what a school would be like that uses all of Gladwell's ideas about education. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
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