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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. According to the author in Chapter 6, an average heroin addict goes through how many needles a day?
(a) 1.
(b) 4.
(c) 2.
(d) 6.

2. What sociologist at the University of California at San Diego leads the research on the causes of suicide?
(a) Chad Farmer.
(b) Brian Mullen.
(c) David Philips.
(d) Barbara Flagg.

3. To become a regular smoker, a person must reach their what, according to the author in Chapter 7?
(a) Peer-induced barrier.
(b) Anxiety threshold.
(c) Psychological threshold.
(d) Addiction threshold.

4. What occurs when new cases of a certain disease, in a given human population and during a given period, substantially exceed what is expected based on recent experience?
(a) Transmutation.
(b) Cataclysm.
(c) Rupture.
(d) Epidemic.

5. What refers to casual drinking in a social setting without an intent to get drunk?
(a) Binge drinking.
(b) Addiction.
(c) Tolerance.
(d) Social drinking.

Short Answer Questions

1. Philip Zimbardo ended his prison experiment after how many days?

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

3. How many young men closed in on Bernie Goetz in an attempt to mug him on the subway?

4. One of the researchers who rode in the needle exchange vans in Baltimore to interview super-exchangers was an epidemiologist by what name?

5. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood initially sold how many copies in hardcover?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What theory does Gladwell introduce to explain the change in New York City crime in Chapter 4?

6. How does the author describe the success of Minister John Wesley in Chapter 5?

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

8. What, according to the author, gives teens “psychological permission” to smoke?

9. What was “fare beating” and why was it not prosecuted before the New York City Subway system got a new director?

10. What company does the author describe in the beginning of Chapter 6?

(see the answer keys)

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