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. From what are of the world are the highest-scoring students in the field of math?

2. How many crashes has Korean Airlines experienced in the past twenty years at the time of this study?

3. Why does Joe Flom have trouble getting a job after college?

4. What does Gladwell say is an inviolate part of the school year?

5. Why does Flom and those of his generation have their pick of good schools?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are proxy wars?

4. What experiment do Dov Cohen and Richard Nisbett conduct in the 1990s?

5. What evidence is there that summer vacations may be hindering the success of many students?

6. What does Gladwell say about early American educational theorists?

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

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

9. Why doesn't Joe Flom work for a large, prestigious law group when he graduates from law school?

10. Where is Harlan, and who settled it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 5 is called "The Three Lessons of Joe Flom." Joe Flom is a partner in a very successful New York law firm.

1. Discuss, in depth, the three lessons of Joe Flom. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

2. How do you think the lessons of Joe Flom might relate to the idea of fate or destiny? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

3. Do you think Joe's success, in his circumstances, was because he was Jewish or do you think any discriminated against minority might have fared the same? Why or why not? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The suggestion Gladwell takes from these numbers is that while efforts are being made to reduce class size and improve school facilities, the facts point to a simpler solution for children who are falling behind in school. They need more of it.

This is part of the philosophy behind the KIPP Academy. Students are at school until 5 o'clock in the evening. They attend class on Saturdays, and go for an extra three weeks in the summer. They spend on average fifty percent more time in class than students in the regular schools.

1. Discuss, in depth, why educators believe smaller class size would help students. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

2. Explain why you would or would not be willing to attend KIPP. Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

3. Do you think education is the most important part of a child's life or do you think it is secondary to other areas? Why or why not? Use examples from Outliers to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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