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Malcolm Gladwell
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Gladwell claims that nicotine acts as what in Chapter 7?
(a) An antipsychotic.
(b) A depressant.
(c) An antidepressant.
(d) A barbiturate.

2. Chapter 7 begins with the story of a Micronesian boy named what who committed suicide after his father rebuked him for forgetting to bring home a knife for the family business?
(a) Anya.
(b) Sima.
(c) Nuna.
(d) Arima.

3. According to the author in Chapter 5, the Methodist movement became epidemic in England and North America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, tipping from 20,000 to how many followers in the U.S. in the 1780s?
(a) 50,000.
(b) 62,000.
(c) 150,000.
(d) 90,000.

4. Researchers claim that the larger and animal's neocortex is, the more capacity the animal has for what?
(a) Tool making.
(b) Social interactions.
(c) Cognitive trust-building.
(d) Violence.

5. What is the name of Methodism’s founder?
(a) John Wesley.
(b) Howard Friedman.
(c) John Potterat.
(d) George Whitfield.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Bernie Goetz born?

2. What refers to the science or study of the origin, development, organization and functioning of human society?

3. At a time when suicide was still rare in Micronesia, one unnamed boy suffered the emotional distress of what, according to the author in Chapter 7?

4. When was an analysis of the spread of hybrid seed corn in Green County, Iowa, conducted, according to the author in Chapter 6?

5. When was Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood published?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the publication of Rebecca Wells's novel Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in Chapter 5?

2. What is channel capacity, and what importance does it have, according to the author?

3. How does the author describe the obstacle in anti-smoking campaigns with teens?

4. What have researchers discovered regarding news coverage on suicide?

5. What example does the author give from The Psychology of Rumor in Chapter 6?

6. How does the author describe the incident that made Bernie Goetz famous?

7. How did crime in New York change in the decade after the Bernie Goetz case? Why do most people believe this change happened?

8. How does the author describe New York City crime when Bernie Goetz’s case took place?

9. What do innovators and early adapters represent to the author? What is the early majority?

10. What example does the author present from Micronesia in the beginning of Chapter 7?

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