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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. What was Elsa's first clue to Dan's criminal activity?
(a) She saw his picture in the post office.
(b) He had an unusual amount of money.
(c) He confessed to minor thievery.
(d) He had cases of unwrapped tape recorders and TVs.

2. What programs administer treatment if the psychopath is judged to be sane but evil?
(a) Research hospitals.
(b) Mental health facilities.
(c) Universities.
(d) Correctional facilities.

3. What prerequisite for love does a psychopath lack?
(a) Empathy.
(b) Charm.
(c) Sympathy.
(d) Attractiveness.

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

5. How did Clifford Olson become rich?
(a) He created a Ponzi scheme and bilked investors.
(b) He embezzled from the firm where he worked.
(c) Authorities paid him to show the burial places of his victims.
(d) He married a rich woman and murdered her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What population makes up two-thirds of the victims of psychopathic criminals?

2. Why is Hannibal Lecter not an accurate portrayal of a psychopath?

3. What question first raised by Ray has stayed with the doctor throughout his career?

4. How do psychopaths tend to view their own aggression?

5. How does the author feel about films that allow identification with psychopaths?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what key ways does a psychopath differ from normal criminals?

3. Why are psychopathic killers often judged legally sane?

4. How do psychopaths typically speak of the harm they have caused to others?

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

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

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

8. Why doesn't the psychopath's need for change and excitement make him a good candidate for dangerous jobs?

9. How do normal criminals become involved in a criminal lifestyle?

10. In what ways are psychopaths compared to science fiction androids by the author?

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