The City Reader Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard T. LeGates
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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. Who was the author of the essay "The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project"?

2. What author excerpted in The City Reader is recognized as an expert in the social science discipline of history, according to "How to Study Cities"?

3. What kind of computer software permits users to map data and is useful in studying cities?

4. Richard LeGates describes the process of studying cities as what in "How to Study Cities"?

5. "The Design of Spaces" is a result of a study requested by whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did open spaces become a part of urbanization, according to H.D.F. Kitto? From what culture did they arise?

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

3. What led to the publication of "The Design of Spaces"? What does this study entail?

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

5. What is The City Reader aimed at in the academic setting? What authors in the selection have specialties in the field of urban study?

6. 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?

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

8. Describe author Kingsley Davis. What works is he most well-known for?

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

10. What impact did the feudal system have on production, according to "The Urbanization of the Human Population"? When did production levels change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the careers and theories of H.D.F. Kitto and Henri Pirenne and the works "The Polis," "City Origins" and "Cities and European Civilization." How do Kitto's and Pirenne's visions differ?

Essay Topic 2

How are W.E.B. Dubois' ideas reflected in "The Negro Problems of Philadelphia," "The Question of Earning a Living," and "Color Prejudice"?

Essay Topic 3

Define and identify the different fields of specialization and topics of study under the umbrella of "urban studies." How do these relate to the class you are currently in?

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