The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David H. M. Brooks
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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. In Chapter 1, Damasio determines that people's unconscious selves draw on what to function?

2. In the beginning of Chapter 5, to what does Brooks compare Harold's writing on his worksheet?

3. Why did the delinquents in John Bowlby's study think they were abandoned?

4. What rare ability does Harold have in high school society?

5. As he grows in Chapter 4, Harold develops the ability to always quote an appropriate what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe young Harold's relationship with falling things.

2. What great skill does Harold have in high school?

3. What does Damasio determine about living without emotion in Chapter 1?

4. Why does Timothy Wilson think that the unconscious mind does the majority of the work in thinking?

5. How did Julia and Rob find marriage in the early years?

6. According to Brooks in the introduction, why are Harold and Erica so successful?

7. How does Brooks use the meeting of Julia and Rob to illustrate the surprise of similarities?

8. Who is Elliot, and how did he become involved with Antonio Damasio?

9. How does Harold's tiger statement in Chapter 4 illustrate a complex human process?

10. How does Ms. Taylor shape Harold's interest in the classical world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the teaching style that Ms. Taylor employs while assisting Harold with his senior paper. What are the five steps that are involved in this process? How does this teaching style internalize the knowledge? What role does Harold's journal have in this internalization? Discuss how this style of learning forever changes the way Harold takes in information.

Essay Topic 2

The narrative of "The Social Animal" details how two talented, curious individuals achieve great success. Because these are not prodigies, their paths cross many mentors and preternatural talents. Write an essay about three mentors and talents. How does this person interact with Harold and Erica? What information does he or she impart? How does this personal unveil talents in one or both of the protagonists?

Part 1) Ms. Taylor.

Part 2) Raymond.

Part 3) Richard Grace.

Essay Topic 3

David Brooks intends "The Social Animal" to be a policy treatise of sorts. Part of this treatise is a promotion of charter schools. Write an essay about Erica's childhood education experience. How is she failed by the public school system? What skills does she learn at the Academy? What can it offer her that a public school cannot? What does Brooks promote as important components in a child's education?

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