Generally Speaking “Trouble Makers” by Malcom Gladwell Answer each question in complete sentences. Be sure you support each answer with an example or evidence. 1. What does it mean to generalize? Provide an example of a generalization.
2. How does Gladwell “hook” the reader?
3. After reading the first paragraph, what do you think this article is about?
4. In the second paragraph, Gladwell focuses on the history of pit bulls. List two facts he mentions.
5. What generalizations does Gladwell bring up in the third paragraph? How are these harmful to a population of people or animals?
6. Is this article about pit bulls or making generalizations or both? Defend your reasoning.
7. What is the risk in generalizing? BUT why might generalizing be a necessary part of life?
8. In part two of the article, Gladwell writes about racial profiling. What issues have the NYPD had with profiling?
9. If “profiling is just nuts” how should the NYPD, or anyone else responsible for keeping a population save, do their job in a fair and just manner?
10. What is one suggestion Gladwell has for decreasing our desire to generalize?
11. When Gladwell writes about the NYC crime statistics in section 4 of the article, what point is he trying to make?
12. Why has the NYC police commissioner been so successful? What did he do to change the way the police departments approach their work?
13. In section 5, Gladwell asks the question “Dopes the notion of a pit-bull menace rest on a stable or unstable generalization?” What is your opinion?
14. How can we best debunk generalizations?
15. Why is it so important to avoid generalizations when we write our persuasive research papers? How might they weaken our arguments?
16. What generalizations can be made about your subject?