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. Who developed an eye movement sensor used in research for Sesame Street?

2. What designer put a twenty-five foot Bassett hound on the roof of his Hollywood store, according to the author in the Introduction?

3. Lois Weisberg occupies how many different social circles, according to the author in Chapter 2?

4. In Gladwell’s rough quiz to test the number of people a person may know, people are given a random selection of last names from what?

5. Sesame Street premiered on what television station?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is illustrated by the author’s first example in the introduction?

3. How does the author break down his first law introduced in Chapter 2?

4. How does the author relate the tipping point to weather in the Introduction?

5. Why do connectors start trends while normal people do not, according to the author?

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

7. What contribution did Barbara Flagg make for the research on Sesame Street?

8. What example does Malcolm Gladwell use first in Chapter 1 to illustrate his ideas? What premise does he begin with?

9. What did early research for Sesame Street reveal?

10. How does the author describe Lois Weisberg in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Law of the Few as it applies to Darnell McGee and Gaeton Dugas. When were McGee and Dugas infected with HIV? Where and how did they contribute to the spread of the disease? If connectors such as McGee and Dugas had not existed, would AIDS and HIV be as prevalent as it is today? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the crime statistics in New York City and their dramatic drop from the 1980s to today. When did crime begin to decline? What experts cite changes in crack use, age and economy? When was crime at its highest point?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the murder of Kitty Genovese and the bystander effect. Who coined the terms “bystander effect” and "Genovese syndrome"? What are more recent examples of this phenomenon? If Genovese had been in a different environment, would it have affected her murder? How does the Power of Context apply to other situations similar to the Kitty Genovese murder?

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