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 does William March say that good people are rarely suspicious?

2. What impression do astute observers sometimes get about psychopaths?

3. Why are most studies of psychopathy done in prisons?

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

5. What does the author say is the hallmark of a psychopath?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has the author determined not to devote much of his book to psychodynamic, unconscious processes of psychopathy?

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

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

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

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

6. What does William March list as some reasons good people do not readily recognize psychopathy?

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

8. What signs did Helen have that her preadolescent daughter, Alice, was "off"?

9. Why are psychopathic killers often judged legally sane?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay giving advice to parents whose very young child has begun to exhibit signs of psychopathy: indifference to the feelings of others, cruelty to animals and other children, etc. Give the parents your opinion as to whether it is an advantage to get an early diagnosis or not. Support your idea with material from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay explaining the nature vs. nurture argument regarding psychopathy. Do you think that one aspect is a more likely cause than the other? Are they equally involved? Support your thesis with reasons from the text

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