Excerpt from the 1962 edition of the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale:
About the Stanford-Binet: The Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale is a standardized test that measures intelligence and cognitive abilities in children and adults, from age two through mature adulthood. The Stanford-Binet text presented here is from the Third Revision, first presented in1960.
The selected vocabulary section of the1962 Stanford-Binet is for “Average Adults.”
A person taking the vocabulary section of the S-B test would be asked to define the word “shrewd.” If they answered “Jewish,” they would be asked to expound on their definition. There are several examples of a “plus” answer, the answer that indicates the person being tested “knows the meaning of the word, not whether he can give a completely logical definition (pp 232).”
If the person being tested elaborates on defining ‘shrewd” as “Jewish” and subsequently offers one of the statements below, “Jewish” would be consider a correct definition for “shrewd.”
-“a shrewd business man wouldn’t put his money into something he wasn’t sure of”
-“generally a very careful person, sometimes miserly”
“best you can get out of a deal”
“you can see through something quickly— not always a desirable character”
“Somebody that’s tricky, or something like that.”
“Hard to get around—hard to deal with— and make anything out of”
Don’t believe me? Go ahead, take a look for yourself. I’m sitting with this book right now.
The Stanford-Binet is now published as a 5th Edition.