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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who stabilized the country's economy by supporting legislation that saved capitalism and created social safety-nets like Social Security?
(a) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(b) Bill Clinton.
(c) Jimmy Carter.
(d) George W. Bush.

2. What word means to give (a person) the right to do or have something; qualify?
(a) Entitlement.
(b) Abatement.
(c) Tolerate.
(d) Clemency.

3. What is the largest professional organization and largest labor union in the United States, representing public school teachers and other support personnel, faculty and staffers at colleges and universities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers?
(a) The American Learning Campaign.
(b) The Education Union.
(c) The Teacher's and Professor's Union.
(d) The National Education Association.

4. 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) Private economic activity must have necessary regulations.
(b) Public education must be provided for more and more Americans.
(c) The doors to immigration must be kept open.
(d) Our infrastructure must be continually maintained and modernized.

5. What new type of attorney do the authors assert law firms are adding, as discussed in Chapter 5: "Help Wanted"?
(a) Corporate municipal liasons.
(b) Criminal defense teams.
(c) Copyright investigators.
(d) Chief innovation officers.

6. What is the second major challenge that America faces?
(a) How to cope with soaring budget deficits.
(b) How to adjust to the IT revolution.
(c) How to manage rising energy consugemption and increasing climate threats.
(d) How to adapt to globalization.

7. How many of the top ten prizes were awarded to Russian teams in the the 2011 Association for Computing Collegiate Programming contest?
(a) 12.
(b) 5.
(c) 2.
(d) 8.

8. In the context of United States constitutional interpretation, what is a principle of interpretation that tries to discover the original meaning or intent of the constitution?
(a) Originalism.
(b) Atheism.
(c) Nationalism.
(d) Communism.

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

10. 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) Popular culture.
(b) Commercialism.
(c) Information technology.
(d) Communism.

11. Of the four major challenges that the authors mention in Chapter 2, what is the first challenge that America faces?
(a) How to adjust to the IT revolution.
(b) How to manage rising energy consugemption and increasing climate threats.
(c) How to cope with soaring budget deficits.
(d) How to adapt to globalization.

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

13. What refers to a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab world that began on December 18, 2010?
(a) Arab Freedom Movement.
(b) Arab Spring.
(c) Arab Vengence.
(d) Arab Awakening.

14. How many years before Friedman arrived was a three-hour car ride from Beijing the only way to get to the over-populated city where Tom Friedman attended the World Economic Forum summer conference?
(a) 5.
(b) 12.
(c) 10.
(d) 3.

15. What refers to an altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons?
(a) Disanthropy.
(b) Charity.
(c) Philanthropy.
(d) Obscurity.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote a cable that became known as the "Long Telegram"?

2. According to the authors, there are three mindsets when thinking about being a creative creator or a creative server. What is the second?

3. The world-class high-speed train in China traveled how many miles per hour?

4. According to the authors, there are three mindsets when thinking about being a creative creator or a creative server. What is the third?

5. According to the authors, the best education is one that focuses on the three "C's." What is the third "C" discussed in Chapter 7: "Average Is Over"?

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