The Tipping Point Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Malcolm Gladwell
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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. When did Gaeton Dugas die?

2. Researchers prior to Blue's Clues believed that children could not follow what?

3. What researcher from Syracuse University showed that of the three major news outlets, Peter Jennings showed a bias in the presidential elections of the 1980s?

4. Unlike Sesame Street, which tested a third of its episodes, the Blue's Clues research team field tested every episode how many times?

5. What is Roger Horchow’s profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What test did the author develop to determine a person’s likelihood to be a connector?

2. What study did Howard Levanthal conduct? How are his pamphlets described?

3. What example does Gladwell use first in illustrating a super-connector in Chapter 2?

4. What does the author use as an example to explain the Power of Context in Chapter 1?

5. Early in television's history, few people believed TV held any educational value. Who was the first to challenge this and why?

6. How would you describe the voice and tone of the Introduction to the book?

7. How does Gladwell introduce the book? What three rules for the tipping point does the author give in the introduction?

8. How does the author describe Roger Horchow in the text?

9. Who was Darnell McGee? What role did he play in epidemics, according to the author?

10. What does the author state in reference to yawning in the Introduction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the life and work of Mark Alpert and analyze Alpert’s role in epidemic trends. How does the author describe Alpert’s personality? How does this differ from a connector?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the research of Philip Zimbardo. What propelled Zimbardo to conduct the experiment at Stanford? What did he discern from the outcome of the research? How does this illustrate the power of environment? What is the author’s statement regarding context?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Howard Levanthal and the study conducted at Yale University. When did the study take place? How were the results perceived? What does the author perceive the results to indicate? What contemporary examples reflect Levanthal’s results?

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