C. Wright Mills: Sociological Imagination and the Power Elite


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How is sociological imagination related to a person's awareness of themselves in the society?

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1. According to C. Wright Mills, which of the following individuals is most likely to be a member of the power elite?

2. The power elite of the nation is made up of individuals from all of the following groups EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of C. Wright Mills. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the concept of persons having a greater awareness of themselves to the wider society as well as knowing the members of the power elite.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Topics the quiz will test you on include the following:

  • Persons having a greater awareness of themselves to the wider society
  • Members of the power elite
  • The definition of a public issue according to C. Wright Mills
  • What can occur in society when using sociological imagination

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as public issue
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on sociology
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the sociological imagination and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the power elite

Additional Learning

To learn more about the contributions to sociology by C. Wright Mills, review the corresponding lesson on C. Wright Mills: Sociological Imagination and the Power Elite. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Knowledge and power
  • The power elite
  • Personal troubles and public issues
  • Sociological imagination