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 gives the reader an overview of his ideas about success in Outliers. Discuss one of the following:
1. Discuss Gladwell's opinions of three topics he discussed in relation to success. Do you agree or disagree with him? Why? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
2. Compare and contrast Gladwell's opinions from Outliers with what you might imagine Gladwell's opinion might be had he lived 100 years ago. How do you think his opinions would change? Would they remain the same? Explain fully. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
3. Discuss how you think Gladwell's view on several topics from this essay informs his life as a researcher. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.
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.
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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