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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. The answer to #48 said that humans were distinguished from _________ by the human's ability to improve himself.

2. Each person is assigned a single ________ that determines his ranking on the scale.

3. Gould wants to reexamine the existing __________ for craniometry and intelligence testing.

4. Who feels that blacks are inferior and therefore deserve the status of a slave?

5. What was the most famous work of the man in #59?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did E.D. Cope believe affected the value of a person and the determination of their inferiority?

2. What was Binet commissions to do in 1904?

3. What do correlations not imply in regards to the studies in which they are used?

4. Was factor analysis the right technique to use in intelligence testing?

5. Binet was also trying to create a test that distinguished between what?

6. Who are two of the famous figures from history who are noted as believing in the inferiority of the blacks?

7. What does Gould logically assume to be true in relation to the contents of the brain?

8. What were the three facts upon which H.J. Eysenck based his theory of the inferiority of blacks?

9. What did Burt try to claim he had developed, though it was later shown to be a false claim?

10. What are the two views that resulted in the study of racial inferiority?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Havelock Ellis claimed that one group of people was superior to another, while Louis Bolk noticed differences among genders, depending on where they lived. These two scientists has revolutionary ideas for their time period.

Part 1: What group did Havelock Ellis feel was superior to others?

Part 2: What differences among genders, based on living situation, did Louis Bolk find?

Part 3: What were Bolk's feelings about the superiority of the white race? What did he have to say about whites as a race as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of ranking people is the primary focus of this book. When we can rank people, we can classify them as more or less valuable to society, it seems.

Part 1: What are some of the other benefits of ranking people in this world?

Part 2: What are the disadvantages of ranking people in society?

Part 3: How are some ways we rank people already? Are there already systems of ranking present in this world? What are they? How do they work? Are they effective?

Essay Topic 3

Another researcher of brain size was Paul Broca. This professor of surgery used numbers which Gould is unsure were legitimate in order to show, one again, the inferiority of blacks.

Part 1: What does Gould think Broca did before doing his research that affected the results?

Part 2: What were Broca's numbers and results based on?

Part 3: In what way were Broca's studies biased?

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