That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What, according to the authors, is the driver of the new reality that is making changes at a furious rate, as described in Chapter 4: "Up in the Air"?
(a) Commercialism.
(b) Communism.
(c) Popular culture.
(d) Information technology.

2. According to the authors in Chapter 3: "Ignoring Our History," there are five pillars to prosperity that if ignored will be at America's peril. What is the first pillar?
(a) Our infrastructure must be continually maintained and modernized.
(b) The doors to immigration must be kept open.
(c) Public education must be provided for more and more Americans.
(d) Private economic activity must have necessary regulations.

3. According to the authors, what is the first cause for the decline of America?
(a) Leaders have stopped recognizing what America needs to thrive in today's world.
(b) We have stopped investing in our future.
(c) Some of the most important matters that are suffering from neglect are education, deficits and dept and climate change.
(d) Our political system is paralyzed and ineffective.

4. What is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters?
(a) Facebook.
(b) Twitter.
(c) Friendster.
(d) Myspace.

5. Who saw to it that returning soldiers were given an advantage for serving the country with the institution of the GI Bill of Rights?
(a) John F. Kennedy.
(b) Richard Nixon.
(c) Harry Truman.
(d) Abraham Lincoln.

6. What type of education do the authors assert is superior to one with a narrow focus in Chapter 7: "Average Is Over"?
(a) Liberal arts education.
(b) Mathematical education.
(c) Business education.
(d) Mechanical eduation.

7. Google was founded by Larry Page and what other individual?
(a) Mark Zuckerberg.
(b) Al Gore.
(c) Sergey Brin.
(d) Bill Gates.

8. How many school districts are there in America?
(a) 59,000.
(b) 23,000.
(c) 14,000.
(d) 8,500.

9. What is a device that can make and receive telephone calls over a radio link while moving around a wide geographic area?
(a) Personal computer.
(b) GPS.
(c) Microwave.
(d) Cell phone.

10. What was the second factor about the new, flat world of globalization discussed in Chapter 4?
(a) The development of the languages of the Internet.
(b) The personal computer.
(c) The Internet and the World Wide Web.
(d) The Department of Homeland Security.

11. What refers to the former communist states of Eastern and Central Europe, generally the Soviet Union and the countries of the Warsaw Pact?
(a) The United States.
(b) The Eastern Bloc.
(c) NATO.
(d) The Middle East.

12. A team from what country won the second prize in the the 2011 Association for Computing Collegiate Programming contest?
(a) China.
(b) Australia.
(c) Sweden.
(d) U.S.A.

13. How much time did it take to erect the conference building which housed the World Economic Forum summer conference?
(a) 3 years.
(b) 22 months.
(c) 5 years.
(d) 8 months.

14. What governor of Philadelphia complained that America had gone soft when the NFL canceled some games because of a snowstorm?
(a) George Kaufman.
(b) Michael Mandelbaum.
(c) Ed Rendell.
(d) George Kennan.

15. What is a proprietary voice over Internet Protocol service and software application originally created by David Somekh and owned by Microsoft since 2011?
(a) Facebook.
(b) Twitter.
(c) Skype.
(d) Myspace.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the authors, there are six crucial elements to improving the country's educational system. What is the third?

2. Who stabilized the country's economy by supporting legislation that saved capitalism and created social safety-nets like Social Security?

3. What position has Martin Dempsey held since October, 2011?

4. Who is the co-author of the book along with Thomas L. Friedman?

5. The CEO of DuPont looks for employees who have ___________, according to Chapter 5.

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