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Robert Hare (psychologist)
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Upon what two abilities does conscience depend?
(a) The ability to overrule foolish desires.
(b) The ability to obey and reason.
(c) The ability to imagine consequences and talk to oneself.
(d) The ability to comprehend society's priorities and live by them.

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

3. What opened Elyse's eyes to Jeffrey's true character?
(a) He had sexual encounters with her roommates.
(b) The psychiatrist was taken in by Jeffrey's charm.
(c) Elyse's parents warned her about him.
(d) He stole from her.

4. How do psychopaths tend to view their own aggression?
(a) As non-existent.
(b) As a natural response to provocation.
(c) As uncontrollable.
(d) As supernatural.

5. What do psychopaths commit twice as often as other criminal offenders?
(a) Acts of robbery.
(b) Acts of violence.
(c) Acts of deception.
(d) Acts of embezzlement.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Ted Bundy trick his victims into accompanying him when he was a stranger to them?

2. What psychopath does the author claim commanded a nation?

3. What proportion of psychopaths are serial killers?

4. What was incongruous about the red button in the psychologist's office in British Columbia Penitentiary?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has the author mistrusted the results of psychological testing to identify psychopaths?

2. What distinguishes psychopaths who become criminals?

3. How did psychopaths fare as fighter pilots during World War II?

4. What distinguishes psychopaths from the mentally ill?

5. What factor in Ray's behavior puzzled the author and led him to further study?

6. Why does the author claim it is not surprising that psychopaths commit more violent acts than other criminals?

7. How are psychopaths often able to pass themselves off as experts?

8. How has the term "psychopath" contributed to confusion about its meaning?

9. How was Jeffrey able to override any suspicions Elyse should have had about him?

10. Why has the author determined not to devote much of his book to psychodynamic, unconscious processes of psychopathy?

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