Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do psychopaths often react to perceived insults?
(a) With long-term planned revenge.
(b) With faked forgiveness.
(c) With rigid self-control.
(d) With extreme but short-lived outbursts.

2. What did Ted Bundy claim was responsible for his murders?
(a) His mother's early childhood abuse.
(b) His wife.
(c) An alternate personality.
(d) A malignant entity.

3. What psychopath does the author claim commanded a nation?
(a) Idi Amin.
(b) Hitler.
(c) Pol Pot.
(d) Stalin.

4. How did a psychopathic thief believe that his victims were better off?
(a) They got to replace their possessions.
(b) They got to be in the newspaper headlines.
(c) He hadn't done them any physical harm.
(d) They would collect more from insurance than their possessions were worth.

5. What was the verdict in the case of Ted Bundy?
(a) He was found to be psychopathic.
(b) He was found to be legally sane.
(c) He was found to be marginally accountable.
(d) He was found to be psychotic.

6. How is antisocial personality disorder diagnosed?
(a) Reports of family and acquaintances.
(b) Emotional triggers.
(c) Antisocial and criminal behaviors.
(d) Rigorous personality testing.

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

8. What is the typical motivation for a psychopath's act of violence?
(a) Revenge.
(b) Hatred.
(c) Jealousy.
(d) Fear.

9. What percentage of serious crimes are committed by psychopaths?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Sixty.
(c) Fifty.
(d) Eighty.

10. What emotions are the mainsprings of conscience for most people?
(a) Fear and anxiety.
(b) Altruism and kindness.
(c) Love and hope.
(d) Shame and embarrassment.

11. How did Ted Bundy trick his victims into accompanying him when he was a stranger to them?
(a) He pretended to know a mutual acquaintance.
(b) He used crutches and asked for help.
(c) He offered them chocolate.
(d) He had a cute dog.

12. What is the difficulty in using empathy, egocentricity, or guilt as determinants in a diagnosis?
(a) Clinicians are often prejudiced in favor of their clients.
(b) Everyone tested comes out at about the same level.
(c) The average clincian can't reliably assess those traits.
(d) Participants can lie in reporting.

13. What need is sometimes satisfied for the psychopath by taking drugs?
(a) The need for belonging.
(b) The need for relaxation.
(c) The need to forget.
(d) The need for excitement.

14. What was the first thing the author noticed about Ray when he met him?
(a) Ray's evil aura.
(b) Ray's ease when lying.
(c) Ray's relaxed conversation.
(d) Ray's intense stare.

15. What did John Wayne Gacy say about his career murdering thirty-three people?
(a) "I don't know what came over me."
(b) "I was the victim."
(c) "They all deserved to die."
(d) "It was another person inside of me."

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do McCord and McCord identify as the distinguishing trait of the psychopath?

3. What attitude toward children is a common theme among psychopaths?

4. Why did Jack Abbott reject the word "remorse" in his case?

5. Why are most studies of psychopathy done in prisons?

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