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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. How does Ronald Markman account for the public fascination with remorseless psychopaths?
(a) We admire them.
(b) We have something of them in us and we want to know what it is.
(c) We envy them.
(d) We feel sorry for them.

2. What population makes up two-thirds of the victims of psychopathic criminals?
(a) Male strangers.
(b) Male friends and acquaintances.
(c) Female friends and acquaintances.
(d) Female strangers.

3. Why did Gary Gilmore claim that he was not a great thief.
(a) He was not intelligent enough.
(b) He was not interested in thievery.
(c) He was too impulsive.
(d) He was too sympathetic.

4. How do the criminal activities of psychopaths compare with those of other criminals?
(a) Psychopaths' crimes are more violent.
(b) Psychopaths' crimes are harder to detect.
(c) Psychopaths' crimes are more specialized.
(d) Psychopaths' crimes are more varied and frequent.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What programs administer treatment if the psychopath is judged to be crazy?

2. How does the author describe the psychopath's typical lifestyle?

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

4. What proportion of psychopaths are serial killers?

5. What percentage of serious crimes are committed by psychopaths?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some important differences between the violent acts of psychopaths and the violent acts of other criminals?

4. Why are psychopathic killers often judged legally sane?

5. What early behavior problems are sometimes symptomatic of psychopathy?

6. Why did Ray's showing a knife to the author put the author in an impossible position?

7. How do psychopaths come to be involved in crime?

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

9. What motivates most people to abide by the rules of society?

10. Why has the author decided that it's important to write about the technical topic of psychopathy at a level that the public can understand?

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