Midterm Prep Quiz (Weeks 1-5)

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Midterm Prep Quiz (Weeks 1-5)


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why is correlation not alone sufficient for explanation of a cause-and-effect argument?
    • A. 

      Correlative links do not necessarily imply causation.  

    • B. 

      Cause-and-effect argument doesn't happen in comparative politics.  

    • C. 

      Negative correlation necessarily negates association.  

    • D. 

      Only positive correlation is explanatory.

  • 2. 
    To make a concept measureable, researchers would use __________.
    • A. 

      Operationalization  

    • B. 

      Coordination  

    • C. 

      Conceptualization  

    • D. 

      Organization

  • 3. 
    Evidence that may come from narrative accounts of historical or contemporary events is called ____________ evidence.
    • A. 

      Quantifiable evidence  

    • B. 

      Quasi evidence  

    • C. 

      Quantitative evidence  

    • D. 

      Qualitative evidence

  • 4. 
    In order to discern the causes and effects of political events, many social scientists use the __________ method.
    • A. 

      Causal

    • B. 

      Comparative  

    • C. 

      Qualitative

    • D. 

      Effective

  • 5. 
    The Most Similar Systems Design is used when which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      Two or more cases have different outcomes.  

    • B. 

      Two or more cases have similar outcomes.  

    • C. 

      Two or more cases have similar hypotheses.  

    • D. 

      Two or more cases have different independent variables.

  • 6. 
    What is a concept?
    • A. 

      An individual's opinion on a subject  

    • B. 

      An abstract idea that we attempt to define and measure  

    • C. 

      A theory in science that has been tested and vetted  

    • D. 

      An indisputable fact

  • 7. 
    Which of the following would be unlikely to be cases in a study of comparative politics?
    • A. 

      Political parties  

    • B. 

      Social movements  

    • C. 

      Freedom  

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is true about the cases Most-Similar-Systems designs?
    • A. 

      The outcomes should be similar  

    • B. 

      All variables in the analysis are similar  

    • C. 

      The outcomes should differ  

    • D. 

      All variables in the analysis are constant

  • 9. 
    An empirical critique serves to:
    • A. 

      Establish the validity of the evidence presented  

    • B. 

      Point to evidence that does not support a conventional version of a given theory  

    • C. 

      Demonstrate the logical limitations of a given theory  

    • D. 

      Demonstrate the link between hypotheses and theory

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is the most empirical question?
    • A. 

      Which societies are the most democratic?  

    • B. 

      Isn't American democracy the best in the world?  

    • C. 

      Isn't French democracy the best in the world?  

    • D. 

      Shouldn't all societies be democratic?

  • 11. 
    Which of the following would be an example of a “leading” question?
    • A. 

      Why did the New World colonies revolt against the British?  

    • B. 

      When did the British colonize the New World?  

    • C. 

        Why did the British unfairly tax the New World colonies?  

    • D. 

      Why did the British colonize the New World?

  • 12. 
    Which of the following is not a good comparative politics question?
    • A. 

      When did the Iranian Revolution happen?

    • B. 

      Why did the Iranian Revolution not lead to liberal democracy?

    • C. 

      Why did the Iranian Revolution happen?

    • D. 

      Why was the Iranian Revolution unlike the Russian Revolution in some key respects?

  • 13. 
    Why is operationalization key to the study of comparative politics?
    • A. 

      Operationalization guarantees an unbiased study.

    • B. 

      Operationalization organizes concepts on the basis of their specificity or generalit

    • C. 

      Operationalization allows for researchers to see many sides to the story.

    • D. 

      Operationalization makes a concept measureable.

  • 14. 
    Which of the following might be considered a theory?
    • A. 

      The Somali state is a weak state

    • B. 

      Revolutions are more likely to happen when there are opportunities to organize and express dissent.

    • C. 

      Comparative politics is a dynamic field

    • D. 

      The National Rifle Association has a high mobilization capacity.

  • 15. 
    Which of the following is not true?
    • A. 

      Theories require real world support

    • B. 

      Theories are general explanations of empirical phenomena

    • C. 

      Theories are typically backed by facts and evidence

    • D. 

      Theories are usually inductive

  • 16. 
    Which of the following would be considered an empirical critique of a theory?
    • A. 

        A theory says that institutional quality predicts economic growth, but a study argues that this can't be true because institutional quality is far too vague of an idea

    • B. 

      A theory says that institutional quality predicts economic growth, but a study finds that by standard measures of institutional quality, there is no independent effect once you control for resource endowments and international ties

    • C. 

      A theory says that institutional quality predicts economic growth, but a study argues that all cultures are so different that we cannot compare them.

    • D. 

        A theory says that institutional quality predicts economic growth, but a study argues that this is unknown since we don't know which kinds of institutions might be importan

  • 17. 
    Deviant cases are unique because _________.
    • A. 

      They provide little insight to the study or its results.

    • B. 

      They do not fit the predicted pattern

    • C. 

      They result from deductive reasoning

    • D. 

      They specifically deal with the study of social deviants in a society

  • 18. 
    How do hypotheses differ from theories?
    • A. 

      Hypotheses are less hypothetical than theories

    • B. 

        Hypotheses are more quantitative than theories

    • C. 

        Hypotheses are less intuitive than theories

    • D. 

      Hypotheses are more speculative than theories

  • 19. 
    Which of the following would be considered a theoretical critique?
    • A. 

      A theory says that increasing economic growth leads to the decline of religion, but a study says that data on the United States are hard to reconcile with this idea

    • B. 

      A theory says that increasing economic growth leads to the decline of religion, but a study says that the idea of “the decline of religion” is not sufficiently specific for the theory to carry much weight

    • C. 

      A theory says that economic growth leads to the decline of religion, but a study shows the effect disappears when you control for literacy and educational levels the effect disappears

    • D. 

        None of these are valid because the theory linking economic growth to religious decline is immune to theoretical critique

  • 20. 
    What is necessary for a good argument?
    • A. 

      Strong belief in the argument

    • B. 

      Emphatic elocution of the argument

    • C. 

      Loud voices to state the argument

    • D. 

      Evidence to support the argument

  • 21. 
    Please select the logo of Visa in the given image.
  • 22. 
    The “bellicist theory of the state” refers to the belief that states are created by _________.
    • A. 

      Revolution

    • B. 

      Geographical boundaries

    • C. 

      War

    • D. 

      Trade

  • 23. 
    What are three ‘powers’ that modern states keep separate (to a greater or lesser degree)?
    • A. 

      Policy creation, regulation, law enforcement

    • B. 

      Head of state, head of government, representative of the people

    • C. 

      Parliamentary, presidential, municipal

    • D. 

      Decision-making, law enforcement, representation

    • E. 

      Executive, legislative, judicial

  • 24. 
    Which philosopher is best known for the theory that a strong sovereign state is needed to keep internal conflict at bay?
    • A. 

      Roy Hobbs

    • B. 

      Thomas More

    • C. 

      Barrington Moore

    • D. 

        Thomas Hobbes

  • 25. 
    Which of the following authors argues that cultural factors like religion played a key role in the rise of the earliest modern states?
    • A. 

      Pope Francis

    • B. 

      Nelson Mandela

    • C. 

      Charles Tilly

    • D. 

      Philip Gorski

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