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. What question did Helen and Steve ask themselves about their daughter Alice?

2. What is the most common effect of psychopaths on their victims?

3. What percentage of prison inmates are psychopathic?

4. Why are murderers often given early parole?

5. Why do concrete rewards override negative future consequences in the psychopath's mind?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What distinguishes psychopaths from the mentally ill?

7. How has the term "psychopath" contributed to confusion about its meaning?

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

9. What distinguishes psychopaths who become criminals?

10. Why is it important to determine whether a psychopath is mentally ill or simply a wrongdoer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dr. Pinel described psychopathy as "insanity without delirium," and psychopaths as "morally insane." Do you think there is a distinction between moral insanity and other kinds? Can a case be made that psychopaths are actually psychologically damaged in such a way that they should not be held accountable for their actions? In your essay, take a position for or against this contention and support your position with material from the text.

Essay Topic 2

What is your explanation for the public's glamorization of criminals? Do you accept the theory that the public can play out illicit behavior without personal cost by identifying with criminals onscreen? Do you think that people always root for an underdog, and that an individual out of sync with the larger system is always an underdog? Explain your theory for the attraction of evil and support your theory with examples and information from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Clearly, the author has an interest in promoting his Psychopathy checklist for use by mental health professionals and clinicians. But this book was not written for the scientific audience. Write an essay explaining what purpose you think the author had in presenting the results of his research to the lay public. Back up your thesis with information from the text.

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