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

2. What does Brooks call the new stage of life?

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

4. What does Erica feel about the new workers she hires in Chapter 14?

5. In Chapter 9, what does Brooks assert as a primary difference between humans and other animals?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the marshmallow test predict about child development?

2. How do the founders of the Academy view poverty in America?

3. Why is Amy facing so may problems in Chapter 7?

4. Describe the ideology of Rationalism.

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

6. How does the business collapse in Chapter 14?

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

8. How does Brooks describe the relationship between the unconscious and the conscious mind in Chapter 15?

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

10. How is the Academy schedule different from public school?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In writing "The Social Animal", David Brooks is presenting an alternate view of history and the way societies work. Write an essay about this alternate view of histories driving forces. What, from the text, does Brooks believe drives human connections? How has current social policy ignore this guiding force? What failing institutions does Brooks point out over the process of this book?

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