The Tipping Point Test | Final 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. The young men who attempted to mug Bernie Goetz demanded how much money from him?

2. 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?

3. Where did Bernie Goetz and his sister attend boarding school for high school?

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

5. What refers to the state when a subject's reaction to a specific drug and concentration of the drug is progressively reduced, requiring an increase in concentration to achieve the desired effect?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are the roles of connectors, mavens and salesmen, according to the author in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

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

10. According to the author, a teenager who begins smoking will not develop an addiction threshold for up to three years. Given this, how does Gladwell propose prevention of regular smokers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of mavens in epidemics, be them diseases or trends. How do mavens serve to keep the market honest? How do mavens relate to connectors and salesmen? Who does the author cite as a prototypical maven who is "almost pathologically helpful"? Why does he say this?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Paul Revere and the American Revolution. How does Gladwell describe the events of Revere’s famous ride? In what ways does Revere illustrate the power of connectors? Why, according to the author, was Revere so successful?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”. Who claims to have first originated the game? What are the rules entailed? What statistics surround the game? Why does Kevin Bacon work for this game better than some other actors? How does this game illustrate the power of connectors?

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