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

2. How is psychological denial useful?
(a) It protects the mind from background noise.
(b) It protects the mind from distraction.
(c) It protects the mind from unwanted details.
(d) It protects the mind from painful knowledge.

3. What will help you identify a new acquaintance as a psychopath?
(a) An abnormal interest in you.
(b) Bad manners.
(c) Vague, evasive, inconsistent replies to questions.
(d) An endless stream of jokes.

4. How did John Grambling make his living?
(a) Defrauding banks.
(b) Defrauding friends.
(c) Defrauding clients.
(d) Defrauding the government.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the Australian Supreme Court pronounce Garry David mentally ill?

2. What does Hervey Cleckley see as the main difference between psychopaths who are not incarcerated and those who are?

3. What did Dave suggest that his boss do?

4. Who is vulnerable to the machinations of psychopaths?

5. What is the most distressing aspect of increasing juvenile crime?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What benefits came from public exposure to the man who claimed to be a Berkeley Ph.D. in psychology and was discovered by a local reporter to have faked his resume when he ran for the school board?

3. Why are nurturing, kind-hearted women ideal victims for psychopaths?

4. What benefit does a psychopath typically get from therapy programs?

5. Why is it difficult to identify psychopathy in children?

6. What theory does the author feel may possibly explain the self-contradictory nature of psychopathic speech?

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

8. What distinguishes the lying of psychopaths from that of other liars?

9. Why are the victims of psychopaths so reluctant to believe evidence of their wrongdoing?

10. How have family members often unwittingly contributed to a psychopath's misbehavior?

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