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David H. M. Brooks
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did the delinquents in John Bowlby's study think they were abandoned?
(a) Their parents were poor.
(b) Their parents died.
(c) They were not good enough.
(d) They were sickly.

2. Why are Rob and Julia concerned at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) Harold is lost in his own world.
(b) Julia has quit her job.
(c) Harold wants a dog.
(d) Rob's mother is sick.

3. Which Greek figure does Harold compare himself to in his journal when discussing anger?
(a) Agamemnon.
(b) Achilles.
(c) Menelaus.
(d) Hector.

4. In Chapter 4, what is Harold's favorite pastimes besides bonding with Julia?
(a) Riding the dog.
(b) Bonding with Rob.
(c) Pulling things off tables.
(d) Sleeping.

5. How much more likely are people to laugh with others than by themselves?
(a) Fifty times.
(b) Five times.
(c) Twelve times.
(d) Thirty times.

6. What rare ability does Harold have in high school society?
(a) He can speak to girls.
(b) He can get A's without studying.
(c) He can laugh at an insult.
(d) He can mirror cliques.

7. According to Brooks in the Introduction what do Harold and Erica inherit?
(a) Their self-images.
(b) Their intellects.
(c) Their politics.
(d) Their capacity to love.

8. What unnerving assignment does Ms. Taylor give Harold in Chapter 6?
(a) Show is reasearch to his parents.
(b) Call her each night.
(c) Attend a play.
(d) Keep a journal.

9. What separates us from animals, according to Brooks in the introduction?
(a) Our ability to form social bonds.
(b) Our ability to use language.
(c) Our ability to rationalize.
(d) Our ability to use tools.

10. According to Brooks at the beginning of Chapter 1, what large accessory do his social ascendants always have?
(a) A huge pool.
(b) A huge unvarnished dining table.
(c) A huge dog.
(d) A huge television.

11. What do children lack at an early age?
(a) Spatial reasoning.
(b) An inner voice.
(c) The ability to have REM sleep.
(d) Imagination.

12. How does Brooks describe Harold's intelligence in Chapter 6?
(a) Enigmatic.
(b) Average.
(c) Deficient.
(d) Excellent.

13. What is the first thing Ms. Taylor tells Harold to do to prepare for his paper?
(a) Make flash cards of ideas.
(b) Consult a museum.
(c) Read five books.
(d) Outline his paper.

14. What does Ms. Taylor understand that teenagers are not?
(a) Robots.
(b) Erratic creatures.
(c) Fighters.
(d) Empty vessels.

15. How does Elliot lose his capacity to feel emotion in Chapter 1?
(a) He is in a car accident.
(b) He has an aneurysm.
(c) He suffers a stroke.
(d) He has a brain tumor.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on a misunderstanding with his parents in Chapter 5, what does Harold fear will happen if he does not behave?

2. What book about Classical culture does Ms. Taylor give to Harold in Chapter 6?

3. What does Brooks say his day job is in the introduction?

4. According to Brooks in Chapter 4, early childhood is when Harold does what fastest?

5. In the Introduction, Brooks laments that most social policy is based on what understanding of humanity?

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