Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us Test | Final 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. How did Grambling, himself, describe his profession?

2. Who is vulnerable to the machinations of psychopaths?

3. Which part of the brain is more analytical and sequential?

4. How are psychopathic children distinguished from normal kids?

5. Why does a prison psychiatrist claim the psychopathy checklist is valuable for parole boards?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author think it important to know about the eyes of a psychopath?

3. Why is the option of ignoring the presence of psychopathy in children no longer available?

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

5. What does the Psychopathy checklist provide to clinicians that they are lacking?

6. Why does Kiki Olson say that the inclusion of more women in the workforce has opened new pathways for psychopaths?

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

8. What attitude do white-collar psychopaths take toward their victims?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An Australian judge put a psychopathic killer into a mental institution rather than a prison on the grounds that "anyone would have to be crazy to behave in that fashion." In your essay, support or refute the argument that psychopaths are obviously mentally ill. Use information from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think psychopaths do not normally get along with one another? Do you think they can recognize others who are like them? What makes you think so or not? In your essay, provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Do you feel better prepared as a person for any encounters you may have with psychopathy in your own life after reading this book? In your essay, tell why or why not.

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