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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. In Chapter 5, Brooks states that there is little connection between a child's ability to complete homework and what?
(a) His behavioral patterns.
(b) His success on tests.
(c) His earning potential.
(d) His IQ.

2. In Chapter 1, what does Julie insist on keeping on during sex?
(a) Her shirt.
(b) Her socks.
(c) Her glasses.
(d) Her hat.

3. What Greek term becomes the topic of Harold's paper in Chapter 6?
(a) Hubris.
(b) Catharsis.
(c) Anagnorisis.
(d) Thumos.

4. In the beginning of Chapter 5, to what does Brooks compare Harold's writing on his worksheet?
(a) Sanskrit.
(b) A Jackson Pollock.
(c) Typesetting.
(d) Morse code.

5. Whose parents are Rob and Julia?
(a) David Brooks.
(b) Hostadter.
(c) Erica.
(d) Harold.

6. 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 television.
(c) A huge dog.
(d) A huge unvarnished dining table.

7. How many neuron connections does a child make between the ages of two and three?
(a) 1,000
(b) 45,000
(c) 15,000.
(d) 4,000.

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

9. In Chapter 2, Brooks points out that the female orgasm is what type of process?
(a) A liminoid process.
(b) A mental process.
(c) A moral process.
(d) A physical process.

10. What subject does Ms. Taylor teach?
(a) English.
(b) Trigonometry.
(c) History.
(d) Anatomy.

11. In Chapter 4, Harold illustrates his ability to abstract by saying he is what?
(a) A tiger.
(b) A cloud.
(c) An airplane.
(d) A giant.

12. 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.

13. In the introduction, Brooks says a study of the inner mind highlights the capacity of humanity to do what?
(a) Form bonds.
(b) Procreate.
(c) Act irrationally.
(d) Stive for greatness.

14. As he grows in Chapter 4, Harold develops the ability to always quote an appropriate what?
(a) Music lyric.
(b) Political quote.
(c) Bedtime story.
(d) Grocery price.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do children lack at an early age?

2. In Chapter 4, what is Harold's favorite pastimes besides bonding with Julia?

3. What terms does Brooks use at the beginning of Chapter 1 to describe the upper-middle class liberal socialites of today?

4. What does Brooks say both Julia and Rob worry about doing when they meet?

5. According to Brooks in Chapter 1, what surprises all people when they meet a possible mate?

(see the answer keys)

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