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 14, Brooks states that the Recession led to an essential reduction in what?

2. What issue do the insurgents of Chapter 16 have after they produce their proposals?

3. How long do Brooks and Eric work together before they start hanging out outside work?

4. What does Erica particularly admire about Raymond in Chapter 16?

5. In Chapter 13, Brooks states that the desire for limerence explains people's desire to do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Erica almost get arrested in Chapter 7?

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

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

9. How does Brooks explain the difference between wealthy and poor children's play time in Chapter 7?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In portraying Erica's adolescence and early adulthood, David Brooks creates a case study for how self-control is developed. In an essay, discuss the challenges that Erica faces in high school and how she overcomes them with self-control. How does the marshmallow experiment illustrate these tactics? Why does she fear a life guided by emotion? What connects this fear to the pain of her childhood.

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

Seemingly in the name of evenhandedness, David Brooks presents two protagonists with disparate backgrounds. Write a three-part essay comparing and contrasting the early lives of Harold and Erica. How are their lives different? What effect does this background have on the worldview of each? Do you think this is a realist portrayal of this life experience?

Part 1) Racial background.

Part 2) Hometown and neighborhood.

Part 3) Education.

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