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Richard T. LeGates
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote "City Origins" and "Cities and European Civilization"?
(a) H.D.F. Kitto.
(b) Bernal Diaz.
(c) Henri Pirenne.
(d) Kingsley Davis.

2. Richard LeGates points out that colleges and universities today have a tendency to do what to knowledge, according to "How to Study Cities"?
(a) Compartmentalize.
(b) Cheapen.
(c) Trivialize.
(d) Over analyze.

3. What does LeGates write "have their advantage that they are based on consistent methods for acquiring knowledge and a more or less agreed upon body of knowledge"?
(a) Theories.
(b) Scientific laws.
(c) Degrees.
(d) Disciplines.

4. What kind of computer software permits users to map data and is useful in studying cities?
(a) NHL.
(b) KGB.
(c) CIA.
(d) GIS.

5. Where are the slums and factories located in the city from "The Almost Perfect Town"?
(a) South Main Street.
(b) Railroad Avenue.
(c) Myrtle Avenue.
(d) Locust Street.

Short Answer Questions

1. What conquistador wrote an eyewitness account of the conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards under Hernán Cortés?

2. LeGates writes in "How to Study Cities" that there are "social, spacial and _____ aspects to urban poverty as well as economic ones."

3. Engels describes the working-class districts and the public health consequences of these horrors where in "The Great Towns"?

4. The author of "City Origins" and "Cities and European Civilization" describes the growth of cities in Western Europe as historically bound by two elements: a middle class, and what?

5. What examples of cities and civilizations from the Stone era does V. Gordon Childe describe in "The Urban Revolution"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Richard LeGates discuss in terms of discipline within academia in the Introduction?

2. What vision is described in Ernest W. Burgess's "The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project"?

3. How does "The Urbanization of the Human Population" explain urbanization in relation to human development?

4. What works of W.E.B. Dubois are in the collection? What does Dubois center on in his writing?

5. What environment does Engels describe in "The Great Towns"? Where does his analysis take place?

6. What are examples of "boundaries" as defined by Kevin Lynch? What are nodes?

7. In Friedrich Engels' "The Great Towns," how does the author describe the other side of the river? What does he blame for the urban congestion?

8. What is the subject of the essay "The Uses of Sidewalks: Safety"? What assertions does the author claim?

9. How does V. Gordon Childe's "The Urban Revolution" re-categorize history?

10. What metaphor does Christopher Alexander make in "A City is Not a Tree"?

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