Classical Sociological Theories Quiz!

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Symbolic Interactionist

As a symbolic interactionist, you are the most interested in the meanings behind symbols like words, images, concepts, and different forms of communication. You like to analyze the interactions between people to uncover and reveal the different meanings of the concepts they are engaging with. Unlike the functionalist and conflict theorist, you don't necessarily believe that every interaction is indicative of some larger "purpose", but rather you believe that meaning is made in every interaction. You also believe that the interactions an individual shapes their sense of self, future interactions and choices. 

Functionalist

You are a functionalist! You tend to be biased towards "the big picture" and see society as a large machine with every individual, belief, practice, and event as playing a role fulfilling society's larger function. You see society as a puzzle that you need to "figure out" and insist that even the ugliest pieces of society play some kind of role. You don't necessarily think that your job is to evaluate or fix or evaluate the machine, but rather to understand it and all of its parts. You are curious about the ways that rules, regulations, and practices work to give society some kind of "order" and make it work, even though it has discordant components. 

Conflict Theorist

You are a conflict theorist and believe that everything in society can be understood and analyzed by examining the distribution of power in that scenario. Since you believe that historical periods can be defined by which groups were in conflict at that time, you are always analyzing social practices, beliefs, and phenomena with an eye for who has conflict with one another whether that be based on class status, race, gender, ability status etc. You believe that an imbalance of power is undesirable and seek to use your analysis to overthrow the current (unfair) system and move towards a more equitable dynamic.
Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Your life motto might be....
    • A. 

      "Everything happens for a reason"

    • B. 

      "Fight to make the world a better place"

    • C. 

      "I'm just watching the world go by"

  • 2. 
    Your favorite leisure activity might be...
    • A. 

      Reading a good piece of fiction or literature

    • B. 

      A puzzle

    • C. 

      A debate with friends or family

  • 3. 
    Someone cuts you off in traffic. You...
    • A. 

      Spend considerable time thinking about the make of the person's car, the area you were driving, the time of day and other factors that perhaps resulted in the altercation.

    • B. 

      Curse the "tech bros" that have taken over your neighborhood for creating traffic.

    • C. 

      Recognize that defensive driving is necessary to get around the city effectively and shrug it off. 

  • 4. 
    Your ideal job:
    • A. 

      Biologist

    • B. 

      Community Organizer

    • C. 

      Advertiser

  • 5. 
    You want to perform research about City College of San Francisco. What research question might you pursue?
    • A. 

      "How do student-faculty interactions affect student graduation rates?"

    • B. 

      "What is the relationship between administrator salaries and class cuts?"

    • C. 

      "How do CCSF students, faculty, and staff all work together when they come from such different and diverse backgrounds?"

  • 6. 
    What is your preferred type of music genre?
    • A. 

      Punk

    • B. 

      Classical

    • C. 

      Folk

  • 7. 
    In your opinion, the purpose of high school is....
    • A. 

      To babysit students while their parents have to work.

    • B. 

      To help socialize young people into being functioning members of society. 

    • C. 

      To help young people develop shared understandings of social values (i.e. competition) and beliefs (i.e. going to college is good). 

  • 8. 
    When watching movies you are most interested in....
    • A. 

      How cinematography, music, sounds, make-up, and dialogue work to express a theme or message. 

    • B. 

      The tension between good and evil and which side will be triumphant in the end.

    • C. 

      The plot twists! How something seemingly random ends up playing a major role in the conclusion of the film. 

  • 9. 
    When you see an unhoused person on the streets of San Francisco, you think...
    • A. 

      "Jeez, I wonder what that person did to get themselves into that position. I better make sure to work hard at school and get a good job"

    • B. 

      "It's so wrong that some people can buy million dollars home in this city and some people are living on the streets!"

    • C. 

      "Why am I so grossed out or bothered by this person? What about them makes me feel that way?"

  • 10. 
    The purpose of sociological research should be....
    • A. 

      To gain a clearer understanding of how society works and functions.

    • B. 

      To help solve social problems and make the world a better place. 

    • C. 

      To uncover the "hidden" social beliefs and norms present in our everyday lives. 

  • 11. 
    Your favorite song would be....
    • A. 

      'What Do You Mean"- Justin Bieber

    • B. 

      'Bricks in the Wall"- Pink Floyd

    • C. 

      "What's Going On?"-Marvin Gaye

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