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 do Barnsley and a colleague find when they do further investigation into the entire country's professional hockey teams?

2. What does access via terminals replace at Joy's college?

3. What group of people founded Roseto, Pennsylvania?

4. Who is most likely to get into gifted programs in the school system Gladwell mentions?

5. Who is Bill Joy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the experiment track and what are the results?

3. Describe Canada's system of amateur hockey leagues.

4. What table of data does Gladwell insert in his book at this point?

5. How are students in the hockey leagues grouped and what is the way the children move into other leagues?

6. What does Wolf finally decide is the reason for the low number of heart disease-related deaths?

7. How does Joy and some of his fellow students make it possible to use the computers more than is allowed and what is the result?

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

9. What does Gladwell write about the rock group called The Beatles?

10. What does Anders Ericcson learn in a study he makes of musicians?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hostile takeovers become more and more common and Flom and others receive more and more work. Finally, the white shoe firms come around and start to take on the work, but by this time Flom has so much more experience at it that he is able to command a large part of the business and surpass many of the established firms. Had he not been excluded for being Jewish when he first started, he would have lost the advantage, Gladwell explains.

1. Explain irony in the context of Joe Flom's success. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

2. Do you think the way the circumstances changed in the law profession might have made the white Christian lawyers decide prejudice was not in their best interest? Why or why not? Use examples from Outliers and your own life to support your answer.

3. Make up an example of how a minority in your school might be successful at an endeavor because of prejudice. Use examples from Outliers and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Gladwell gives the example of Harlan, Kentucky to introduce a discussion of how a person's cultural legacy can affect their success.

1. Define cultural legacy in your own words and give an example of it that is not in Outliers.

2. Discuss two examples of cultural legacy that are beneficial to an individual. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

3. Define, according to the values of honor, integrity, hard work, response to authority and honesty what you think your cultural legacy is. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Outliers is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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