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The Active Reader, 2e: Society of Excess

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“Pharmaceutical Innovation: Can We Live Forever? A Commentary on Schnittker and Karandinos” by Joel Lexchin

Question 1:


a) relevant literature in the area of pharmaceutical innovation and life expectancy
b) new drugs in Canada
c) a paper written by Schnittker and Karandinos
d) It is not a critique.

Question 2:


a) New Molecular Entities
b) Next Molecular Environment
c) Non-Medicinal Entity
d) none of the above

Question 3:


a) race
b) gender
c) gross domestic product
d) socio-economic status

Question 4:


a) Only a very small number of new drugs offere major therapeutic gains.
b) Drugs introduced in Europe are more effective than drugs introduced in the United States.
c) The number of new drugs on the market is lacking.
d) answers A and B

Question 5:


a) He disagrees because it is in the area of mental illness that new drugs have been most effective.
b) He agrees and introduces data to support this idea.
c) He disagrees because some drugs introduced in the 1960s are superior to the drugs introduced today.
d) none of the above

Question 6:


a) New drugs can be highly effective.
b) New drugs do not necessarily lead to declines in mortality.
c) The testing of new drugs is thorough and accurate.
d) none of the above

Question 7:


a) stroke
b) diabetes
c) homicide
d) alcohol poisoning

Question 8:


a) True
b) False



“Did the Banks Go Crazy?” by Joseph Heath

Question 9:


a) reliable and energetic
b) rational and complex
c) predictable and certain
d) none of the above

Question 10:


a) People deceive themselves into belief of success.
b) People are often irrational in both pursuits.
c) People fear the outcome.
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 11:


a) death is a long time away
b) everything will work out
c) the banks have our best interests in mind
d) none of the above

Question 12:


a) It was coined by John Keynes.
b) It was coined by Alan Greenspan.
c) It rejects the notion of rationality.
d) answers A and C
e) answers B and C

Question 13:


a) a business that needs a bank loan quickly
b) a thief that successfully holds a bank heist
c) the idea that banks inevitably run out of business
d) none of the above

Question 14:


a) the bank cannot seize any of your assets in the case of mortgage default
b) the bank cannot seize any of your assets in the case of mortgage default if you under the age of 30
c) the bank can seize your house only in the case of mortgage default
d) none of the above

Question 15:


a) they were too optimistic
b) they were too apathetic
c) the media did not cover it properly
d) none of the above

Question 16:


a) True
b) False



“Life in Metropolitan Areas: Dependence on Cars in Urban Neighborhoods” by Martin Turcotte

Question 17:


a) walking
b) public transit
c) car pooling
d) all of the above

Question 18:


a) the link between cars and greenhouse gas emissions
b) the difference between pickup trucks and compact cars
c) the driving patterns of university students
d) none of the above

Question 19:


a) People who live in a city centre drive more.
b) People who live far from a city centre drive more.
c) Teenagers drive more than other age groups.
d) Immigrants drive less than people born in Canada.

Question 20:


a) Canadian Motor Insurance
b) Canadian Metro Association
c) Central Metropolitan Act
d) Canadian Metropolitan Area

Question 21:


a) Montreal is a high density area.
b) Montreal is an old city that was established before the automobile.
c) Gas is more expensive in Montreal.
d) There are not as many car dealerships in Montreal.
e) answers A and B

Question 22:


a) True
b) False

Question 23:


a) True
b) False

Question 24:


a) True
b) False



“Fast Food and Deprivation in Nova Scotia” by Jennifer Jones et al.

Question 25:


a) material disadvantage
b) social disadvantage
c) material and social disadvantage
d) none of the above

Question 26:


a) decreased life expectancy
b) increased rates of hospitalization for mental disease
c) increased television watching
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 27:


a) Serving sizes are growing.
b) It is high in cholesterol.
c) It is inexpensive.
d) answers B and C
e) all of the above

Question 28:


a) showed a link between density of fast food restaurants and obesity
b) suggested that fast food restaurants are more prevalent in deprived areas
c) showed that fast food restaurants are less prevalent in deprived areas
d) answers A and B
e) none of the above

Question 29:


a) Arbys
b) Popeyes
c) Dairy Queen
d) all of the above

Question 30:


a) exclusion of fast food restaurants that are not well known
b) looking only at community level relationships
c) the market incentive of developing fast food outlets in profitable areas
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 31:


a) fast food outlets are more prevalent in affluent communities
b) fast food outlets are more prevalent in deprived communities

Question 32:


a) True
b) False

Question 33:


a) True
b) False



“Roadblocks to Laws for Healthy Eating and Activity” by Nola Ries et al.

Question 34:


a) The rise in obesity is a global health emergency.
b) Government intervention is needed in the area of health.
c) Our lifestyles are becoming healthier.
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 35:


a) They offer rebates for healthy food purchases.
b) Taxes are imposed on foods of low nutritional value.
c) They require nutritional information be posted on restaurant websites.
d) answers B and C
e) all of the above

Question 36:


a) Ontario
b) California
c) British Columbia
d) Nevada
e) none of the above

Question 37:


a) The government is waiting to see whether such legislation is effective in other countries.
b) Ideological opposition to legislation exists.
c) The severity of the issue is being denied.
d) all of the above

Question 38:


a) Nova Scotia
b) Quebec
c) Ontario
d) Alberta

Question 39:


a) Learn from approaches in other countries.
b) Conduct ongoing assessments.
c) Adopt legal measures
d) answers B and C
e) all of the above

Question 40:


a) True
b) False

Question 41:


a) True
b) False