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. Whose parents are Rob and Julia?

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

3. According to Brooks in the Introduction what do Harold and Erica inherit?

4. What did John Bowlby determine was key to a child's development?

5. Which Greek figure does Harold compare himself to in his journal when discussing anger?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Harold's goal from conception on?

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

4. What is Brooks' stated political reason for writing "The Social Animal"?

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

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

7. What is the Composure Class?

8. What wisdom about teaching teenagers does Ms. Taylor possess?

9. How does Brooks describe the day-to-day life of the Composure Class?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Social Animal", the candidate Richard Grace is clearly modeled on Barack Obama. In an essay, compare the two men's biographies. How are their paths to the presidency similar? What does each man instinctively understand about society? What draws people to this understanding of the world? Discuss whether you think this is a positive or negative portrayal of the Obama movement in 2008.

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

Much of the latter half of "The Social Animal" is dedicated to the marriage between Harold and Erica. Write an essay charting the trajectory of this marriage. What attracts Erica to Harold and vice versa? Discuss the conflict that nearly tears them apart and how the two manage to make the marriage work? What is the state of the marriage in the last year of their lives?

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