Soc111 Exam #2 Practice Quiz

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A practice quiz for a sociology class exam covering deviance, global stratification, social stratification in the U. S. , and race and ethnicity. I think the questions tend to be on the easy side, but let me know what you think.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    ________ is any behavior, belief, or condition that violates significant social norms in the society or group in which it occurs.
    • A. 

      Deviance

    • B. 

      Violence

    • C. 

      Stigma

    • D. 

      Crime

    • E. 

      Honesty

  • 2. 
    In his strain theory, sociologist Robert Merton identified five ways in which people adapt to cultural goals and approved ways of achieving them. In addition to conformity, Merton classified the remaining four types of adaptation as deviance. Which of the following was not a type of adaptation identified?
    • A. 

      Innovation

    • B. 

      Retreatism

    • C. 

      Escapism

    • D. 

      Rebellion

    • E. 

      All of the above are adaptation types in strain theory

  • 3. 
    Again referring to sociologist Robert Merton's strain theory, ________ occurs when people have no access to or desire for culturally acceptable goals, and also don't have any interest or ability in culturally acceptable ways of achieving them.
    • A. 

      Innovation

    • B. 

      Retreatism

    • C. 

      Rebellion

    • D. 

      Complacency

    • E. 

      None of above

  • 4. 
    Systematic controls that society puts in place to encourage conformity and shun deviance are known technically as:
    • A. 

      Social rules

    • B. 

      Social laws

    • C. 

      Social systems

    • D. 

      Social controls

    • E. 

      Schools, churches, and the industrial-military complex

  • 5. 
    Some sociologists would argue that deviance is helpful for society.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The three P's when referring to class include which of the following?
    • A. 

      Power

    • B. 

      Property

    • C. 

      Prestige

    • D. 

      The above are the three P's

    • E. 

      Wasn't that a song by "Naughty by Nature"

  • 7. 
    Social mobility is movement within a social system (more frequently in open systems).   An example of social mobility could be a upper middle class professional who loses everything and becomes homeless/underclass.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    • C. 

      That could never happen in America

  • 8. 
    Max Weber had a term for the extent to which we have control over basic resources.  What was that term?
    • A. 

      Social chance

    • B. 

      Life chance

    • C. 

      Dumb luck

    • D. 

      Kharma

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    A person who could afford the basic necessities but nothing more would be an example of:
    • A. 

      Subjective poverty

    • B. 

      Absolute poverty

    • C. 

      Relative poverty

    • D. 

      One of the majority of Americans

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 10. 
    In relation to economic inequality, the dependency theory, world systems theory, and the new international division of labor theory are perspectives rooted in the ________ approach.
    • A. 

      Postmodern

    • B. 

      Functionalist

    • C. 

      Conflict

    • D. 

      Symbolic interactionist

    • E. 

      Development

  • 11. 
    ________ is the hierarchical arrangement of large social groups based on the control over basic resources.
    • A. 

      Social stratification

    • B. 

      Social distinction

    • C. 

      Social class

    • D. 

      Social distortion

    • E. 

      None of above

  • 12. 
    A ________ is a system of social inequality in which people's status is permanently determined at birth based on their parent's ascribed status. It is a closed system of stratification.
    • A. 

      Slavery system

    • B. 

      Caste system

    • C. 

      Social system

    • D. 

      School system

    • E. 

      None of above

  • 13. 
    Based on sociologist Max Weber's system of stratification, ________ is the respect or regard with which a person or status position is regarded by others. It includes fame, respect, honor, and esteem.
    • A. 

      Power

    • B. 

      Prestige

    • C. 

      Property

    • D. 

      Wealth

    • E. 

      None of above

  • 14. 
    ________ include(s) property such as buildings, land, farms, houses, factories, and cars, as well as other assets such as bank accounts, corporate stocks, bonds, and insurance policies. It is computed by subtracting all debt obligations and converting the remaining assets into cash.
    • A. 

      Power

    • B. 

      Prestige

    • C. 

      Wealth

    • D. 

      Income

    • E. 

      None of above

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Functionalists

    • B. 

      Symbolic interactionists

    • C. 

      Liberals

    • D. 

      Conflict theorists

    • E. 

      Postmodern theory

  • 16. 
    ________ is a category of people who have been singled out as inferior or superior, often on the basis of real or alleged physical characteristics such as skin color, hair texture, eye shape, or other subjectively selected attributes.
    • A. 

      Culture

    • B. 

      Ethnicity

    • C. 

      Subordinate group

    • D. 

      Immigrants

    • E. 

      Race

  • 17. 
    The qualities defining "race" arise from what percentage of human DNA?
    • A. 

      Less than 1%

    • B. 

      1% - 5%

    • C. 

      5% - 10%

    • D. 

      10% - 15%

    • E. 

      DNA does not control "race"

  • 18. 
    Somebody who was very uncomfortable with people different than themselves would be displaying ______ "social distance".
    • A. 

      Anti

    • B. 

      Little

    • C. 

      Medium

    • D. 

      Quasi

    • E. 

      Great

  • 19. 
    There have been six characteristics that are usually attributed to highly prejudiced people, which one of the below is not one of these?
    • A. 

      High levels of conformity

    • B. 

      Highly superstitious

    • C. 

      High levels of insecurity

    • D. 

      More likely to submit to authority

    • E. 

      All of the above are characteristics

  • 20. 
    A negative attitude or belief used to pre-judge and based on broad overgeneralizations would be:
    • A. 

      Racism

    • B. 

      Discrimination

    • C. 

      Stereotype

    • D. 

      Prejudice

    • E. 

      None of above