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 psychopaths in the prison study of brain patterns respond to emotionally charged words?

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

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

4. Why are nurturing women ideal prey for psychopaths?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What tools do white-color psychopaths use to get what they want?

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

5. What "uncanny" ability of psychopaths helps them find potential victims?

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

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

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

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

10. What are the reasons that psychotherapy is ineffective for psychopaths?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Use the descriptions provided in this text to compose a word portrait of a typical psychopath for a person who has never heard the term. What would he or she do in a first encounter? What identifying features would present themselves? How could a psychopath be recognized?

Essay Topic 2

It has been said that "guilt is a blessing, not a curse". Using evidence from the text, write an essay for or against the proposition that guilt is an important, useful tool in our individual lives and social interactions.

Essay Topic 3

Imagine that you have a friend whose new romantic interest appears to you to be a psychopath. You know that if you directly make this suggestion to your friend, your friendship will be at an end. Write an essay on the nature of psychopathy that you could show your friend in hopes that s/he would see the similarities between the cases to which you refer and her own situation. Feel free to invent the facts of your friend's situation, remembering that those facts have to demonstrate psychopathy.

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