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Robert D. Putnam
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the late twentieth century, how many workers belonged to unions?
(a) 11.8 percent.
(b) 14.1 percent.
(c) 39.2 percent.
(d) 21.9 percent.

2. Where were groups of working-class housewives most likely to play cards frequently?
(a) Great Plains.
(b) Rockies.
(c) East coast.
(d) West coast.

3. In Chapter 5, what percent of corporate executives said that they encourage their employees to become involved in community service?
(a) 77.
(b) 84.
(c) 64.
(d) 92.

4. How many of AARP's members belonged to local chapters?
(a) Less than 15 percent.
(b) Less than 10 percent.
(c) Less than 5 percent.
(d) Less than 20 percent.

5. How long had an informal literary group in Fayetteville, Arkansas, met twice a month?
(a) Since 1918.
(b) Since 1934.
(c) Since 1926.
(d) Since 1946.

6. By what year did some estimate that 35 million Americans played bridge?
(a) 1943.
(b) 1955.
(c) 1958.
(d) 1947.

7. Between 1986-86 and 1998-99, how much of a decline was there in the number of average Americans who made new friends?
(a) 1/4.
(b) 1/5.
(c) 1/2.
(d) 1/3.

8. Where in America has there been the most religious disengagement?
(a) South.
(b) East.
(c) North.
(d) West.

9. Of people who expected to move in five years, what percent were less likely to attend church, club meetings, volunteer or work on community projects?
(a) 30-35.
(b) 40-45.
(c) 20-25.
(d) 10-15.

10. When comparing voting records, how many years had it been since voter turnout was as bad as it was in 1996?
(a) 65.
(b) 164.
(c) 98.
(d) 15.

11. According to sociologist Robert Wuthnow, what percent of Americans claimed to be "currently involved in [a] small group that [met] regularly and [provided] support or caring for those who particpate[d] in it"?
(a) 40.
(b) 20.
(c) 50.
(d) 30.

12. From what language do the terms "macher" and "schmoozer" come from?
(a) Russian.
(b) Yiddish.
(c) Dutch.
(d) German.

13. How many members did the Environmental Defense Fund have in 1995?
(a) 200,000.
(b) 400,000.
(c) 300,000.
(d) 100,000.

14. How much did the number of nonprofit organizations of national scope listed in "Encylopedia of Associations" change between 1968 and 1997?
(a) Twice as many.
(b) Tripled.
(c) Doubled.
(d) Four time as many.

15. How much more common is philanthropy and volunteering in American than in other countries?
(a) 1/4.
(b) Three times as common.
(c) Twice as common.
(d) 1/2.

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1995 how many Americans volunteered?

2. In 1985, of the 205 national citizens groups in existence, how many had chapters to which individual members belonged and paid dues?

3. What Chicago suburb was closely studied by urbanist William Whyte?

4. What did sociologists Claude Fischer and Robert Jackson call single-stranded interactions that began to take place in America?

5. In what states did Philip Hammond survey churchgoers?

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