The Tipping Point Test | Final Test - Easy

Malcolm Gladwell
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When a British anthropologist plugged in the size of a human's neocortex to the research ratio, the corresponding social group size calculated at what?
(a) 216.
(b) 250.
(c) 50.
(d) 150.

2. Bernie Goetz’s parents were immigrants from where?
(a) Italy.
(b) Germany.
(c) Switzerland.
(d) France.

3. What is sometimes defined as drinking alcohol solely for the purpose of intoxication?
(a) Inadequate drinking.
(b) Social drinking.
(c) Tolerance.
(d) Binge drinking.

4. The stickiness of cigarettes is innate in what, according to the author?
(a) Societal disapproval.
(b) The cigarette itself.
(c) Media disapproval.
(d) Parental disapproval.

5. What New York City Subway train was Bernie Goetz riding when he was mugged?
(a) A train.
(b) F train.
(c) No. 2 train.
(d) No. 6 train.

6. Gladwell proposes that if tobacco companies would only lower what, it would lower the likelihood that a social smoker would become a regular smoker in their teen years?
(a) The amount of filter in cigarettes.
(b) The amount of nicotine in cigarettes.
(c) The amount of tar in cigarettes.
(d) The amount of advertising.

7. What concept in cognitive psychology refers to the amount of space in the brain for certain kinds of information, according to the author in Chapter 5?
(a) Carpal capacity.
(b) Interactive capacity.
(c) Psychometric capacity.
(d) Channel capacity.

8. Mark Alpert is a professor at what university?
(a) Yale University.
(b) The University of Texas.
(c) The University of Alabama.
(d) Harvard University.

9. According to the author in Chapter 6, the Airwalk company developed a cult following and built up a business earning how much yearly after only a few years?
(a) $10 million.
(b) $13 million.
(c) $50 million.
(d) $2 billion.

10. Philip Zimbardo instructed the mock guards in his prison study to do what?
(a) Maintain order at any cost.
(b) Conduct random drug tests.
(c) Interrogate the prisoners.
(d) Water-board the prisoners.

11. Who does the author describe as “an orator of such power and charisma that, it was said, he once charmed a five-pound contribution out of Benjamin Franklin”?
(a) John Wesley.
(b) George Whitfield.
(c) John Potterat.
(d) Howard Friedman.

12. What previous book had the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood published, according to the author in Chapter 5?
(a) The Long Road Home.
(b) His Bright Light.
(c) Little Altars Everywhere.
(d) The Ring.

13. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood was adapted to film in what year?
(a) 1996.
(b) 2002.
(c) 2010.
(d) 2005.

14. According to the author in Chapter 7, it typically takes how long for a person to become addicted to cigarettes when that person starts in his/her teen years?
(a) 1 year.
(b) 6 months.
(c) 3 years.
(d) 2 years.

15. What professor from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health discusses the needle exchange program in Baltimore in Chapter 6?
(a) Todd Kessler.
(b) Tom Valente.
(c) Tom Junge.
(d) Chad Farmer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Bernie Goetz earn a bachelor’s degree?

2. Throughout history, armies organized in groups of less than what number, according to the author in Chapter 5?

3. According to the author in Chapter 7, even as the amount of advertising against smoking increases, what also increases?

4. Who is the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood?

5. The author states in Chapter 5 that a person's brain only remembers about how many types of a particular item?

(see the answer keys)

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