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. What sport does Brooks associate with the children of his establishment set in Chapter 1?

2. How many neuron connections does a child make between the ages of two and three?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 3, what does Brooks say Julia has had trouble letting go of?

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

5. What separates us from animals, according to Brooks in the introduction?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. According to Brooks, what separates us from other animals?

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

7. How is Brooks' book different from other social studies?

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

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

10. How did Brooks come up with the idea of telling a story to illustrate his social critique?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Social Animal", David Brooks makes definite policy arguments, informed by the circumstances of Harold and Erica's lives. Write a two-part essay about these policy proposals and their connection to the narrative:

Part 1) Discuss Erica's experience at Intercom. What issues do Erica and Raymond discover while they work there? What policy proposals do they make to the investors? How does this narrative indicate policy proposals Brooks would make regarding private industry?

Part 2) What conclusions does Harold come to while working at a Washington think tank? How do these proposals reflect his personal experience? What do these proposals seem to bear in mind about human nature that current public policy does not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout "The Social Animal", David Brooks explains the unconscious processes that are involved in the choice of a sexual mate. Write a three-part essay about these processes:

Part 1) What processes do both Rob and Julia go through when they first meet each other? Why are they attracted to one another? Discuss how the two make unconscious choices as they have dinner together for the first time.

Part 2) Discuss the meeting and initial relationship between Harold and Erica. What is the nature of this relationship, and how does Erica work to maintain this stasis? What changes occur that allow it to develop romantically?

Part 3) Discuss the subconscious processes that lead Erica to sleep with Mr. Make-Believe. What does she feel about this tryst as it occurs, and how does her subconscious mind react to it after the fact?

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