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. On what basis do parole boards release prisoners?
(a) The offender has served a significant portion of his time.
(b) The prisons are overcrowded.
(c) The offender has promised to do better.
(d) If they believe the offender no longer poses a significant threat to society.

2. What did Dr. Jerrold Post predict that Saddam Hussein would do?
(a) Back down from confrontation with the U.S.
(b) Publically apologize.
(c) Escalate the conflict with the U.S.
(d) Commit suicide.

3. How do psychopaths get into therapy?
(a) At the request of families or as a condition for parole.
(b) By personal request.
(c) By school referrals.
(d) By court order.

4. What do psychopaths often gain from therapy programs?
(a) New excuses and rationalizations.
(b) New friends.
(c) A new hope for the future.
(d) A new outlook.

5. When is the best period for changing the behavior or psychopaths?
(a) After midlife, when emotions become calmer.
(b) In early adulthood, when comprehension is best.
(c) In adolesence, when change is inevitable.
(d) Before adolescence.

6. What was the only difference between the psychopath, Jason, as a child and adults with the same syndrome?
(a) The child was more open and forthright.
(b) The child was less aggressive.
(c) The child was less violent.
(d) The child was more hostile.

7. In how many cases did Dr. Grigson's expert testimony result in the death of defendants?
(a) Sixty-nine out of seventy.
(b) Fifty out of sixty.
(c) Fifteen out of thirty.
(d) All of them.

8. What do psychopaths often miss?
(a) Public regard.
(b) Opportunities to succeed.
(c) Love and affection.
(d) Cues that warn of danger.

9. What does the author see as the antidote to inaccurate diagnoses?
(a) Careful use of sound scientific procedures.
(b) Careful comparison with similar cases.
(c) Careful attention to a defendant's explanations.
(d) Careful study of an offender's background.

10. How are psychopathic children distinguished from normal kids?
(a) They are cuter and more likely to be spoiled.
(b) They are overindulged by their parents.
(c) They are more intelligent.
(d) They are more difficult and harder to understand.

11. What is the two-pronged question clinicians face in dealing with psychopathic children?
(a) How are we to instill a missing conscience?
(b) How are we to treat them and prevent recidivism?
(c) How are we to teach them right from wrong?
(d) How are we to protect both ourselves and their civil rights?

12. Which part of the brain is more emotional and processes events simultaneously?
(a) The left hemisphere.
(b) The frontal lobe.
(c) The right hemisphere.
(d) Neither: they both work together.

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

14. Why was Jeffrey Dahmer able to convince policemen that he was not committing crimes?
(a) He had believable excuses.
(b) He was cool and calm.
(c) He talked fast.
(d) He had friends on the police force.

15. How do psychopaths use body language?
(a) To make friends.
(b) To distance themselves.
(c) To intrude on personal space.
(d) To indicate innocent intentions.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do clinicians hesitate to label a child psychopathic?

2. Why is it important to avoid power struggles with a psychopath?

3. What does successful therapy require of a patient?

4. What did one psychopath say made a good liar?

5. What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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