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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. What is the first of the five elements that are common to cities described in "The City Image and Its Elements"?
(a) Emergency services.
(b) Businesses.
(c) Homes.
(d) Paths.

2. Who was the author of "The Polis"?
(a) Ibn Battuta.
(b) Henri Pirenne.
(c) Marco Polo.
(d) H.D.F. Kitto.

3. What was at the center of the imaginary American city when it was first laid out in "The Almost Perfect Town"?
(a) Hospital.
(b) Cemetery.
(c) Cathedral.
(d) Courthouse.

4. The author of "The Polis" writes that the term polis refers to more of a what than the current "city"?
(a) Peace state.
(b) Autocratic state.
(c) Dictatorial state.
(d) Mosaic-state.

5. Kevin Lynch writes in "The City Image and Its Elements" about concepts that are common to cities and necessary for these areas to be what?
(a) "Morally gratifying."
(b) "Intellectually stimulating."
(c) "Psychologically satisfying."
(d) "Sexually gratifying."

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of The Making of Urban America?

2. When was "The Urban Revolution" first published?

3. When was "The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project" first published?

4. What is the first of the five zones of the city described in "The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project"?

5. When was the article "Levittown and America" first published?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How many selections are in The City Reader? How were they chosen, according to Richard LeGates?

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

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

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

6. How many Americans lived in urban areas in 1960, according to Kingsley Davis? How did this change?

7. What type of dwelling and community is described in "Levittown and America"? What does the author conclude?

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

9. How is The City Reader structured as an anthology?

10. What is the basis of study in "A New Geography of Centers and Margins: Summary and Implications"? What did the author conclude?

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