The Mismeasure of Man Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who had a mental age between 3 and 7?

2. What was Lombroso's theory known as?

3. Bolk felt what race was not only the most progressive, but also the most retarded?

4. The German psychologist W. Stern argued that mental age should be ____________ by chronological age.

5. Burt seemed to have increased his sample of patients from fewer then 20 to more than ________ in a number of publications. This irregularity began the undoing of his work's findings.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the end, Gould seems to come to the conclusion that humans don't necessarily adapt because of biology and biological changes. There are other reasons for adaptation.

Part 1: What is one way humans can adapt, which is not biological in nature?

Part 2: What is the main flaw of the previous studies Gould has mentioned in the book?

Part 3: How do you feel about Gould's ideas? Do they make sense to you? Why or why not?

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

The condemnation of other races seems to be the target of many of the intelligence studies and their study parameters. Studies seem to have been created just to point out the inferiority of these races.

Part 1: Which races are singled out in this book as being less than intelligent?

Part 2: What are the reasons given for these races being less than intelligent? What is the 'proof' the scientists have to offer?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible for one race to be inferior to another? Why or why not?

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