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 5, Brooks states that Harold left to his own devices does not seem what?

2. What Greek term becomes the topic of Harold's paper in Chapter 6?

3. In Chapter 1, Damasio determines that people's unconscious selves draw on what to function?

4. Which of the following is not a photo that Antonio Damasio shows Elliot to elicit an emotional reaction?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are mirror neurons?

2. How does Ms. Taylor permanently affect Harold's life?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the Composure Class?

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

Write an essay about the prenatal and early childhood relationship between Julia and Harold. How is Julia's life different before and after she becomes pregnant? What is Harold's goal from the moment he develops sentience? How does he break down Julia's personality, and how does he rebuild her? Discuss how this process leads to a reinvented Julia who makes caring for Harold her primary concern?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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