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Robert Hare (psychologist)
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do obligations and commitments mean to psychopaths?
(a) Nothing.
(b) A way to confuse victims.
(c) Everything.
(d) A way to cover up evil intentions.

2. What have laboratory experiments using biomedical recorders shown about psychopaths?
(a) They suffer from excessive fear.
(b) They suffer from tumbling insecurity.
(c) They fake good humor.
(d) They lack the physiological responses normally associated with fear.

3. For what does Robert Lindner claim psychopaths strive?
(a) Long-range happiness.
(b) Immediate satisfaction.
(c) Peace and security.
(d) Societal change.

4. How did Ray take revenge on the author for not getting him work in his father's firm?
(a) He told prison officials about the knife.
(b) He stalked the author's family.
(c) He vandalized his car.
(d) He wrote hate mail to the author.

5. How does the author feel about films that allow identification with psychopaths?
(a) They are powerful role models for people with problems.
(b) They are silly and have no connection with reality.
(c) They are cathartic, releasing our interest in evil without doing harm.
(d) They are helpful diagnostic tools.

6. How many psychopaths are estimated to be in North America?
(a) Two million.
(b) One million.
(c) One hundred thousand.
(d) Two hundred thousand.

7. What form of mental illness has about the same prevalence in North America as psychopathy?
(a) Paranoia.
(b) Schizophrenia.
(c) Bipolar syndrome.
(d) Oppositional-Defiant disorder.

8. What question did Joe McGinniss wrestle with during his relationship with Jeffrey MacDonald?
(a) How could I have missed all the signs?
(b) How could I have understood him?
(c) How could I have misunderstood him?
(d) How could I have liked him?

9. Of what do today's young criminals have less?
(a) Education.
(b) Empathy.
(c) Strategic planning.
(d) Intelligence.

10. How do psychopaths tend to view family members?
(a) As possessions, like stereos or automobiles.
(b) As enemies.
(c) As competitors.
(d) As a support system.

11. What is the author's objective in writing this book?
(a) To help people escape from psychopathic interaction.
(b) To help people better understand psychopathy.
(c) To help mislabelled psychopaths get out of prison.
(d) To help people diagnose the psychopaths they may know.

12. How did Ray trap the author by showing him a knife?
(a) Ray made the author a conspirator in his stabbing.
(b) Ray established that the author would not turn him in.
(c) Ray coerced the author into pleading his case.
(d) Ray forced the author to obey him.

13. How does the author describe the psychopath's typical lifestyle?
(a) Focused and intense.
(b) Driven.
(c) Planned and organized.
(d) Unstable and aimless.

14. What do clinicians who prefer the term "sociopath" believe?
(a) Society is responsible for creating psychopaths.
(b) Psychopathy is inborn.
(c) Psychopathy is a mental illness.
(d) Psychopathy is caused by life experiences.

15. How did Kenneth Bianchi convince some clinicians that he was not one of the Hillside Stranglers?
(a) He turned in his friend Steve.
(b) He demonstrated a firm alibi.
(c) He proved it was his cousin, Angelo Buono.
(d) He claimed multiple personalities.

Short Answer Questions

1. What question first raised by Ray has stayed with the doctor throughout his career?

2. What population makes up two-thirds of the victims of psychopathic criminals?

3. What often impresses people about psychopaths' discussion of technical subjects?

4. Why are psychopaths seldom embarrassed about legal, financial or personal problems?

5. How do law enforcement officials make use of psychopaths' lack of loyalty?

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