The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement Test | Final 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 13, what term does Brooks use to describe the mechanism that tells us how we are viewed?

2. What industry does Erica go into after graduating college?

3. What does Erica decide to do at the end of Chapter 10?

4. How does Brooks describe Erica's immediate family in Chapter 7?

5. Who eventually defends Erica's choice to leave for college in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Erica and Harold form a close bond in Chapter 13?

2. How does Erica come back from her explosion in Chapter 8?

3. Describe the ideology of Rationalism.

4. How do Raymond and Erica play major roles in the rebound of Intercom?

5. What does Brooks assess the search for harmony in Chapter 13?

6. What impresses Erica about Raymond during their lunches in Chapter 16?

7. What different trajectories do Harold and Erica's lives take in Chapter 15?

8. What traumatic event occurs to Erica during a tennis match in Chapter 8?

9. In Chapter 9, what does Brooks say is often true ambitious individuals?

10. How does Erica get into the Academy in Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Erica's life is a genuine American story. She begins life as a struggle against circumstances, and through hard work she achieves total professional and personal success. Write a three-part essay about her success:

Part 1) Describe the challenges that Erica faces from her early childhood? How does her socioeconomic and family background put her at an inherent disadvantage? How does education help her overcome these challenges?

Part 2) Chart Erica's journey from college to CEO of Intercom. What successes and failures bring her to this position of power? How do her understandings of humanity affect her capacity to run and improve businesses?

Part 3) Discuss how Erica becomes involved in the Richard Grace campaign. What appeals to her about his worldview? What does she bring to the campaign and the White House? How does she regard the political elite class she joins?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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