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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 author of "An American Dilemma" says that Americans and others would only consider the __________ factors when they were forced to.

2. What does Socrates feel will happen when all people are intelligent?

3. It was thought that black brains could not ____________ or absorb information.

4. Which was the second-ranked race for the practitioners of racial ranking?

5. When did craniometry first appear in the study of intelligence?

Short Essay Questions

1. Define the idea of monogenism.

2. What were the results of Bean's work, as he found the differences between the races and the genders?

3. How is biological determinism used in regards to the measurement of intelligence of people in society?

4. Who was Serres, in relation to the polygenism movement? What did he study and find to be true?

5. Describe and define the idea of biological determinism.

6. What does Gunnar Myrdal have to say about the situation of ranking people in society?

7. Who was Francis Galton and what did he do for the scientific study of intelligence measurement?

8. What were some of the additional factors Gratiolet studied in order to determine the effect of brain size?

9. What are some of the arguments that have been used to justify the rankings of people in society?

10. What is Socrates' idea as to how classes and categories will be formed in relation to people in a society?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Monogenism and polygenism began the discussion that evolved into the idea of one kind of person being better than another kind of person. But that's where many of the troubles, Gould feels, also began.

Part 1: Define the idea of mongenism.

Part 2: Define the idea of polygenism.

Part 3: Which of these two ideas seems to be the most realistic? Why? Support your answer with information from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Alfred Binet is prominently studied within "The Mismeasure of Man." His work helped to define the study of human intelligence and paved the way for many more studies in that arena.

Part 1: What was the background of Alfred Binet?

Part 2: What was Binet commissioned to do and how did he set about achieving this goal?

Part 3: What was Binet's major claim to fame in relation to the ranking of human intelligence?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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