That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Test | Final 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. Bill Gates is the former CEO and current chairman of what company?

2. What refers to an economy in which the prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system?

3. When did George H. W. Bush's presidency begin?

4. What news agency do the authors criticize for having its own agenda in Chapter 12: "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It"?

5. When was James Inhofe born?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the authors describe partisan politics in Chapter 12: "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It"?

2. What examples do the authors make of Wendy Kopp and Robert Stevenson?

3. How do the authors describe the loss of moral values in America in Chapter 13: "Devaluation"?

4. How do the authors describe the beginning of the twenty-first century?

5. How do the authors describe the impact of the Tea Party in 2010?

6. What is the role of lobbyists in American Politics? How are they described in Chapter 12?

7. What did Arne Duncan relate about American education?

8. When did America begin the process of deficit spending?

9. What do the authors maintain to be reasons for hope for America in Chapter 14: "They Just Didn't Get the Word"?

10. Who are examples used by the authors to demonstrate great success in Chapter 14?

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

Discuss education in America today. How do you feel your education compares to education in countries like China or Japan, or to European nations? Do you feel there is a lack of drive in American education? Why or why not? How do the authors feel about this subject?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the impact of the Tea Party and analyze the five pillars to prosperity discussed in Chapter 3. Where did the authors derive this list? How do the authors surmise the Tea Party disagrees with this theory? What major policies have been enacted by prominent politicians within the movement? How have the American people been affected by those policies?

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