Louis Wirth's Urbanism as a Way of Life


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Which of the following is NOT a defining feature of a city, according to Wirth?

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1. You live in a large city and you don't know many of the people who live in your building. People tend not to stay very long, moving in and out. Which quality of urban life is this likely describing?

2. You live in a big city in a particular neighborhood that has a large number of people, especially compared to some other parts of the city. What term would you use to describe this situation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet are tools that you can use to assess your knowledge of urbanism as a way of life. You will be quizzed on defining features of a city according to Wirth.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The intent of these tools is to check your knowledge of:

  • Qualities of urban life
  • Defining feature of a city
  • Measurement of how many people live in an area
  • Four characteristics of urban life that people are likely to experience

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the different qualities of urban life
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about people living in an area where a lot of other people also live
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of urbanism according to Wirth

Additional Learning

Keep learning more about this concept as it relates to Wirth by reviewing the lesson called Louis Wirth's Urbanism as a Way of Life. Use this lesson to complete these tasks:

  • Define urbanism
  • Identify the effects of a city
  • Review examples of urban behaviors
  • Examine the pros and cons of city life