Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us Test | Final 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 know what emotions to display to others?
(a) They use their listeners' reactions as cues.
(b) They take acting classes.
(c) They study films.
(d) They read psychology texts.

2. How did John Grambling make his living?
(a) Defrauding friends.
(b) Defrauding clients.
(c) Defrauding banks.
(d) Defrauding the government.

3. Why does a prison psychiatrist claim the psychopathy checklist is valuable for parole boards?
(a) It helps boards quantify their decisions.
(b) It gives boards someone to blame when recidivism occurs.
(c) It is insurance against claims of improper parole.
(d) It ensures that no one who may commit future crime is released.

4. Who was Amy Fisher?
(a) A Playboy bunny murder.
(b) The Long Island Lolita.
(c) The Mata Hari of New York.
(d) Tokyo Rose.

5. What is unusual about the brain function of psychopaths?
(a) Unilateral language processes.
(b) Bilateral language processes.
(c) Integrated language processes.
(d) Interrupted language processes.

6. How did Clifford Olson see himself during his trial?
(a) As a scapegoat.
(b) As a victim.
(c) As a hero.
(d) As a celebrity.

7. When do psychopathic children lie when normal children would not?
(a) When lying is possibly going to be uncovered.
(b) When it's going to get them into more trouble.
(c) When those around them are aware of the truth.
(d) When lying won't prevent punishment.

8. What does Hervey Cleckley see as the main difference between psychopaths who are not incarcerated and those who are?
(a) A more consistent appearance of normality.
(b) A better physical appearance.
(c) A more engaging line of talk.
(d) A better education.

9. What causes suffering for a psychopath?
(a) Remorse for his own behavior.
(b) Grief at his victims' unhappiness.
(c) Guilt.
(d) Not getting what he wants.

10. Who do psychopaths typically blame when punished for their misconduct?
(a) Someone else.
(b) Their intimate friends.
(c) Society as a whole.
(d) Their parents.

11. Which traditional forms of treatment are successful with psychopaths?
(a) Electroshock and psychosurgery.
(b) None of them.
(c) Psychoanalysis.
(d) Group therapy and client-centered therapy.

12. What is the main danger of failing to diagnose psychopathy in a child?
(a) Losing the opportunity to find the correct treatment.
(b) Losing the chance to find the right doctor.
(c) A succession of inappropriate treatments.
(d) Losing the chance to effect a cure.

13. What is the most heart-wrenching situation involving psychopathy?
(a) When a pschopath has deceived you in a romantic relationship.
(b) When a psychopath has taken your money.
(c) When a psychopath is managing your trust fund.
(d) When there is a psychopath in your family.

14. How do psychopaths perceive the world?
(a) The world is a paradise.
(b) The world is a garden of opportunity.
(c) The world is waiting to be plundered.
(d) The world is a hostile place.

15. What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?
(a) Major violations of society's rules.
(b) Developmentally inappropriate inattention and impulsiveness.
(c) Unremitting truancy.
(d) Hostile, aggressive behavior.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the author decline to diagnose Saddam Hussein?

2. What does a preschool psychopath understand about right and wrong?

3. Why do wives often put up with psychopathic behaviors longer than they should?

4. How did psychopaths in the prison study of brain patterns respond to emotionally charged words?

5. What does the author believe Grigson's approach lacks?

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