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Patricia McConnell
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. McConnell states that what is contrary to a dog's nature?
(a) Exercising them too much.
(b) Putting them in a kennel.
(c) Cooping them up all day.
(d) Feeding them twice a day.

2. What are show dogs typically bred for?
(a) Leisure.
(b) Physical traits.
(c) Personality.
(d) Work.

3. According to McConnell, why is social structure NOT as important to dogs as many might think?
(a) Because dogs are not like juvenile wolves and juvenile coyotes, who have more social structure.
(b) Because dogs are like juvenile wolves, who have less social structure.
(c) Because dogs are like adult foxes, who have less social structure.
(d) Because dogs are not like wolves, coyotes, or foxes, who have more social structure.

4. Why is the phenomenon McConnell discusses regarding death so poorly understood?
(a) Because there are no studies about it.
(b) Because humans can't be objective.
(c) Because pets may grieve in different ways.
(d) Because pets do not grieve.

5. What is the leader in a social hierarchy called?
(a) Beta.
(b) Delta.
(c) Omega.
(d) Alpha.

Short Answer Questions

1. What should an owner do if the dog persists in an unwanted behavior?

2. According to McConnell, where do dogs not necessarily like to be petted?

3. What is the ideal way of correcting bad behavior, according to McConnell?

4. According to McConnell, do all dogs enjoy petting?

5. Why is it important to consider a dog's personality when choosing a breed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are puppy mills?

2. Why does McConnell state that prospective owners should not be impressed by show dog-type breeds?

3. How do juvenile wolves differ from adults in terms of social hierarchies and how does it pertain to dogs?

4. Why is a bored dog a dangerous dog?

5. How does McConnell's views on social hierarchy differ from other scientists, and how is it important?

6. What do we know about how a dog grieves?

7. What are the differences between the way humans and dogs show affection, and why is it significant?

8. What are the two top factors prospective owners make in choosing a dog, and why are they erroneous?

9. What have studies found about an owner grieving over a pet, and why is it significant?

10. What is the sensitive period in a dog's life, and why is it important?

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