Outliers: The Story of Success Test | Final 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. How are rice plants weeded and harvested?

2. What does George Hofstede research?

3. What do the pilot and co-pilot of a Colombian airplane that crashes fail to effectively communicate?

4. What is Joe Flom's occupation?

5. Why do farmers in Europe in the Middle Ages go into a sort of hibernation state?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harlan gain notoriety in its early days?

2. How is a work ethic related to growing rice?

3. What is Gladwell's interpretation of Cohen and Nisbett's experiment?

4. What does Suren Ratwatte say about a Colombian airliner that crashes in New York?

5. Why is Flom willing to work proxy wars?

6. How does PDI explain the crash of the Colombian airliner?

7. Explain the term "Power Distance Index" and who coins the term.

8. What does Gladwell think is the cause of families feuding?

9. Who is Joe Flom?

10. How does the crash of Flight 801 fit a pattern for Korean Airlines?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

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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