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. In what states did Philip Hammond survey churchgoers?

3. In the 1990s, how many Americans moved?

4. At the end of the twentieth century, how many Americans said that they definitely ate their evening meal as a family?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How were African Americans prevented from voting?

2. How did the amount of money that Americans spent on dues relate to the priority they placed on organizational involvement?

3. What cards games used to be popular?

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

5. How were self-help groups different from civic groups?

6. How did Greenpeace gain and then lose members?

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

8. What warning did "Life" magazine give in an article in February, 1964?

9. What analogy did Putnam use to show how frequent moves disrupt civic engagement?

10. How was the early nineteenth century in New England "a very social time"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Machers" and "schmoozers" represent the distinction between formal and informal social connectedness. Compare and contrast "machers" and "schmoozers."

Essay Topic 2

Putnam's book frequently uses the term "social capital." Discuss social capital and compare it with physical and human capital.

Essay Topic 3

The idea was proposed that workers transferred their friendships, civic discussions, and community ties from"the front porch to the water cooler." Discuss whether workers transferred their social ties from the community to the workplace.

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