Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us Test | Final Test - Medium

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. Why are nurturing women ideal prey for psychopaths?
(a) They believe they are invincible.
(b) They are ignorant.
(c) They will take a lot of abuse if they think they can help.
(d) They are good cooks.

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

3. Why do the victims of psychopaths often have trouble convincing others?
(a) Their stories are too extreme to be believed.
(b) The victims are not convincing speakers.
(c) Psychopaths paint the victims as the real culprits.
(d) The victims are often wrongdoers themselves.

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

5. What is a "desperado junkie"?
(a) Someone attracted to criminals.
(b) Someone who feels sorry for criminals.
(c) Someone in love with a criminal.
(d) Someone who wishes to be a criminal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which part of the brain is more emotional and processes events simultaneously?

2. What will help you identify a new acquaintance as a psychopath?

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

4. For the psychopath, crime is a natural result of what?

5. What is oppositional defiant disorder?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the danger of inaccurate diagnosis of psychopathy?

2. What kinds of professions are likely choices for white-collar psychopaths?

3. Why is the typical advice to quit indulging misbehaving youth and get them into therapy considered by the author to be doomed to failure?

4. What is a hypothetical, and why is it dangerous in arriving at a diagnosis of psychopathy?

5. What "uncanny" ability of psychopaths helps them find potential victims?

6. Who is Dr. Death, and why was he given that name?

7. Why are many clinicians and family members reluctant to identify psychopathy in childhood?

8. What warnings does the author give to those who are trying to deal with psychopaths in their lives?

9. Why does the author say it is important that everyone learn how to deal with psychopathy?

10. What characteristics distinguish psychopathic use of non-verbal communication?

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