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

Gladwell cites the results of a study by a math professor named Alan Schoenfeld who looks at the way people learn math. Schoenfeld discovers that it takes time for most students to grasp a mathematical concept. Many western students simply give up on difficult math problems or concepts rather than take the time to fully grasp the concept. Students who are willing and able to put in more work are going to gain a more meaningful and deep grasp of math.

1. Do you agree with Alan Schoenfeld's assessment of Asians and math, that they spent more time learning it or do you think they just have brains that work better in a mathematical manner? Why or why not? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

2. Do you think children in America should attend school more hours and have more homework? Why or why not? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

3. Give an example of a skill you wish to learn that you would be willing to spend a great deal of time on and discuss a plan of how you would improve your skill. 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

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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