Some potential exam questions for the Soc 149/249 Final Exam. Updated May 26, 2011
Note: the final exam will require you to write 3 essay questions and a number of identifications from the following list. The final exam will be a closed book exam.
1) What are the effects of segregation (economic, social, psychological, and political) on the people living in the urban ghetto? Use examples from at least 3 books we have read
2) What are the historical causes of racial segregation and
isolation in the housing market in the 20th century
3) In William Julius Wilson’s Declining Significance of Race, he argued that racial
discrimination had become less important in the
4) Explain in detail any one part of the story of the Rivers family, from There Are No Children Here, and describe how that story supports or contradicts a theory that we have studied in this class. Cite at least 2 other sources that we have read besides There Are No Children Here.
5) What is the history and significance of the Fair Housing Act, first passed in 1968? What were the strengths and weaknesses of the law, and what effect did it have? When and how was the law revised?
6) What is the 'Culture of Poverty' theory, and what evidence can you find in the readings for it or against it? Use at least 2 sources from the reading.
7) Who according to Elijah Anderson, are the 'Old Heads', how and why has their power and position changed over the years, and what are the effects of their diminished authority?
8) What are the basic elements of Charles Murray's critique
of welfare? How are these critiques similar to or different from the analysis
of specific public policies we've read about in other books for this class?
9) What were the main claims in Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s famous report on the black family? What, in Moynihan’s view, explained the difference between black and white family structure? What evidence is there in other readings for the class to support or contradict Moynihan’s claims about the importance of family structure?
10) What is gentrification? Use the example of HOPE VI and one other example from the reading. Why does city hall want gentrification? How do prior residents experience gentrification?
* Personal Responsibility and Work
* Charles Murray’s Law of Imperfect Selection
* Progressive Tax
* Home Owner’s Loan Corporation
* 1975 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act
* Thomas Schelling and his explanation for segregation
* Integration Maintenance
* Narrow Geographic Horizons
* The Southern Homestead Act of 1866
* Eminent Domain [This was on the midterm in 2012, so won’t be on the final this year]
* How power works, according to Robert Caro’s version of Robert Moses
* HOPE VI
* How does the movie “Hoop Dreams” describe the role of race and privilege in the school careers of William Gates and Arthur Agee?
* Describe the similarity or contrast between one aspect of the movie “Do the Right Thing” and the same theme as described in Anderson’s Streetwise.