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

Thomas Friedman
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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. When did Tom Friedman travel to China for the World Economic Forum summer conference?

2. What refers to the former communist states of Eastern and Central Europe, generally the Soviet Union and the countries of the Warsaw Pact?

3. 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?

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

5. What is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers, known generically as polyamides, that were first produced on February 28, 1935, at the DuPont Experimental Station?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the six crucial elements to improving America's educational system?

2. How does the author describe Tianjin, China in Chapter 1: "If You See Something, Say Something"? Why did he travel there?

3. What do the authors assert regarding outsourcing?

4. What did General Martin Dempsey realize about America's soldiers in Chapter 5: "Help Wanted"?

5. What are the five pillars of prosperity described by the authors in Chapter 3?

6. What are the three "C's" described in Chapter 7: "Average Is Over"?

7. How long did it take Tianjin to build the conference building?

8. What is Friedman's conclusion regarding China's development?

9. What must be improved in American schools for students to succeed in the global market?

10. What are ways in which the successful achieve success?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the six crucial elements to improving education in America as discussed in Chapter 6. Do you agree that these are essential elements to quality education? Who would disagree? How are each of these elements defined, and how do we, as a nation, go about changing them?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the importance of critical thinking in today's job market. How do the authors believe jobs will evolve in the future? Why is critical thinking so important in jobs like at DuPont and other companies? How is critical thinking needed more in the military than before?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Association for Computing Collegiate Programming contest described in Chapter 6. What did the results of the contest indicate for the authors? How has education in former Soviet countries changed?

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