Bowling Alone Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert D. Putnam
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the last three hundred years, what percent of the American population has probably participated in congregations with some regularity?

2. Compared to the rest of the population, how much less time did people who spent more time at work have to watch television?

3. How many more hours did married couples average in a work week in 1998 than they did in 1969?

4. What age group of people was more likely to make telephone calls?

5. Where was the bridge club located that Putnam mentioned in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How were African Americans prevented from voting?

2. How did Greenpeace gain and then lose members?

3. Why aren't voting and following politics, strictly speaking, social capital?

4. How did Rev. Craig McMullen define the church?

5. What contributed to the decline in religious participation?

6. What activities did women participate in as "machers"?

7. What was the change in the membership numbers of major national professional organizations during the last half of the twentieth century?

8. Why weren't the 1950s and 1960s a "golden age"?

9. What did one scholar say about religion and America?

10. To what did Putnam compare the mystery behind the erosion of social capital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

New developments in telecommunications seemed to affect social connectedness. Discuss how telecommunications, specifically the telephone and the Internet, affected social connectedness.

Essay Topic 2

An analogy was used to compare social connectedness to a murder mystery. Discuss what tests or benchmarks needed to be used when considering possible reasons why social connectedness declined.

Essay Topic 3

Putnam asked whether social capital was beneficial to individuals. Discuss ways that social capital benefits individuals.

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