1. Describe the distinctive features of U.S. cosmology or ideology in comparison with tribal and imperial cosmologies.
2. Distinguish between progressivist and neoconservative political ideologies in the United States and explain the shift from one to the other.
3. Evaluate the extent to which the realities of U.S. society reflect the ideals of the culture.
4. Make specific comparisons between Chinese and U.S. culture, referring to family life, economic practices, and core values.
5. Identify the distinctive, scale-related features of large business corporations and describe the role of elite decision makers in making them dominant features of U.S. culture.
6. Describe the social structure of early U.S. textile factories, explaining the distribution of costs and benefits to households.
7. Describe the social structure and physical infrastructure of U.S. factory-farming food production systems in comparison with tribal and Great Tradition systems. Analyze the human costs and benefits of these systems.
8. Evaluate the importance of material conditions, cultural symbolism, and intentional human decision making in shaping cultural patterns of consumption in the United States.
9. Evaluate the process of growth in the United States as related to the distribution of social power and human costs and benefits. Evaluate the evidence for elite direction.