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At one point in the story, Charlie overhears Dr. Nemur, Dr. Strauss, and Burt the tester discussing what "IQ" really means. Each of them had a completely different definition. Defining intelligence is still a controversy. People have varying ideas on intelligence and on how it can (or should be) tested.

Following is a link to a site where you can take an "IQ" test. Please be aware that this is just a web test and is not completely accurate. This is only here for entertainment purposes. If you wanted to find out your "true" IQ score, you would have to be tested by a professional who is certified to give and interpret intelligence tests.

To take the test, click on the pencil below and follow the directions given on the web site. When you finish, answer the questions below on a sheet of paper.

  1. Do you think the questions asked on the test really measure intelligence? Why or why not?
  2. What was your IQ score (this will not be seen by anyone other than the teacher)? Do you feel this is accurate? Why or why not?
  3. How did you feel while you were taking the test? How did you feel after you received your score? (Be specific in your answers.)
  4. Recently, a man named Howard Gardner came up with a new theory of intelligence. Go to the EdWeb site on Multiple Intelligences and read these articles:
  • What is the traditional view of intelligence?
  • How has this view impacted schools historically?
  • What does Multiple Intelligences theory propose?
  • How would MI affect the implementation of traditional education?

Briefly compare and contrast the traditional view of intelligence and the Multiple Intelligences theory. Which do you think is more accurate? Why?

5. If you were going to design an intelligence test, what types of test items would you include? Explain your answer.

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