Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Hare (psychologist)
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were second-degree murder charges against Roxanne Murray dropped?

2. What do psychopaths commit twice as often as other criminal offenders?

3. Why do socio-biologists claim that the number of psychopaths must be increasing?

4. What question did Joe McGinniss wrestle with during his relationship with Jeffrey MacDonald?

5. What proportion of psychopaths are serial killers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Without an internal motivation to abide by society's rules, what is the psychopath free to do?

6. 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?

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

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

9. How do psychopaths tend to view themselves in relation to others?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay comparing and contrasting criminal psychopaths with non-criminal psychopaths. Include statistics and examples from the text that illustrate both similarities and differences.

Essay Topic 2

One of the characteristics of psychopathy is an inability to learn from past experience. Write an essay explaining how this inability could cripple a person's ability to make progress in life.

Essay Topic 3

Write a descriptive essay detailing the characteristics of an ideal victim for a psychopath to use and manipulate. Would such a person be rich or poor? Single or married? Include as many details as you can, and support them with information from the text.

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