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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. Did a desire for ______ lead to the questions and data to support a predetermined conclusion?

2. Blumenbach believed differences in races might be linked to __________.

3. David Hume was a believer in the superiority of the _______ and polygeny.

4. On what did Bean gather information?

5. What other kind of testing, besides head measurement, can begin to measure the intelligence of a person?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are 2 of the four points Gould keeps in mind as he examines the studies of the researchers in this book?

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

3. What does Gould want to define ranking as?

4. What does Gould want to study in relation to the science related to the arguments for biological determinism?

5. What are the two groups Gould identifies within the idea of ranking blacks and other races?

6. Define the idea of polygenism.

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

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

9. Why did Broca feel women should be denied the benefits of education?

10. What were Broca's numbers based upon, according to Gould's examination of his studies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Cyril Burt is distinguished in this book by having his own separate chapter in which he receives Gould's attention. This medical tester who studied twins seems to have created a theory based in improper studies and data collection.

Part 1: In relation to the errors of Cyril Burt, what is the definition of factor analysis?

Part 2: How did Burt use factor analysis incorrectly in his work?

Part 3: What are some of the other errors uncovered in Burt's studies of twins?

Essay Topic 3

What's interesting is the Binet seems to be the one scientist who is concerned about how his findings would be used in everyday life and for everyday people.

Part 1: What was Binet worried about in regards to the tests he administered?

Part 2: What were the three rules Binet devised in order to ensure his test would not be misused?

Part 3: What did Binet suggest young children with learning issues might need?

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