1. According to the article Hanging tongues: A sociological encounter with the assembly line,
workers never violated any of the official rules regarding sanitation, such as washing their hands, arms, and knives in non-designated areas, such as when the foreman or inspector was away or out of sight.
2. According to the article Shadowy lines that still divide, which of the following is TRUE regarding class and class dynamics in the United States?
a. Class mobility is higher in the U.S. than in Britain, France, & Canada.
b. The affluent and educated are purchasing homes in the best school districts, in hopes of channeling their child into the right preschool program or land the best medical specialist.
c. At the 250 most selective colleges in the country, the proportion of students from upper class families has been on a strong decline over time.
d. All of the above
e. B and C only
3. In the article Working class growing pains, transitions to adulthood have traditionally been marked by getting a job, getting married, buying a home, and having children. Which of the following are key factors identified in the article explain why young working-class Millennials are experiencing a delay and/or disorderly transition into adulthood?
a. The rise of pervasive economic insecurity, such as unstable service industry jobs that provide little opportunity, low expectations of loyalty to work, a dim prospects for advancement, or a living wage.
b. The decline of good jobs due to weakening labor unions and the shrinking sense of community.
c. The Millennial generation is simply an entitled, self-absorbed, and lazy generation of Americans.
d. All of the above
e. A and B only
4. According to Working class growing pains, many individuals interviewed demonstrated growing feelings of distrust and isolation with not only other people, but with social institutions like higher education and the government.
5. According to Rethinking American Poverty, those who are at risk of falling into poverty and the consequences associated with it, are those who do not work hard enough, fail to acquire sufficient skills, or just make bad personal decisions.
6. In Rethinking American Poverty, Rank argues that we need to shift our thinking about poverty away from examining it as only the product of individual characteristics of people, and instead we should view the economy as a social structure, which shapes opportunities. In doing so, we would recognize that the economy is structured in a similar way to the game of musical chairs.
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