Social Problems

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Social problems are conditions in which people within a community can be viewed as undesirable. This can be as serious as murder and drink-driving incidents, but other realms of the topic are more subjective. What do you know about them?


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  • 1. 
    According to the text, our actions in attacking social problems should be grounded in all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Scientific research

    • B. 

      Psychological assessments of the effectiveness of solutions to problems

    • C. 

      A sociological approach to understanding social problems

  • 2. 
    According to the text, the family can best be defined as
    • A. 

      A social institution based on kinship that functions to replace members of society and to nurture them

    • B. 

      The reproductive institution

    • C. 

      The oldest of all social institution

  • 3. 
    The term monogamy refers to
    • A. 

      A marriage between one male and more than one female

    • B. 

      A family form in which male and female share mor or less equally in the exercise of power

    • C. 

      A marriage involving only one spouse at a time

  • 4. 
    A/an___________________family consists of three or more generations of people who live together or in close proximity.
    • A. 

      Nuclear

    • B. 

      Extended

    • C. 

      Modified extended

  • 5. 
    According to the text, which of the following is NOT a function of the family?
    • A. 

      Preparing people for specialized roles in an industrial society

    • B. 

      Staus conferral

    • C. 

      Socialization and education

  • 6. 
    With respect to dual-earner families,
    • A. 

      They are prone to divorce than traditional marriages

    • B. 

      They have more egalitarian decision-making structure than do more tradittional families

    • C. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    According to the text, which of the following are dimensions of the problem surrounding health care in the United States?
    • A. 

      The high cost of health care

    • B. 

      The lack of acess to the health-care system by some sick people

    • C. 

      Only A and B

  • 8. 
    According to Parsons, people occupying the sick role are guided by certain expectations. Among these expectations is/are
    • A. 

      They can claim assisstance and sympathy from others

    • B. 

      They are excused from their normal role obligations to the extent that the disease calls for.

    • C. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    Which of the following are characteristics of acute diseases?
    • A. 

      They progress over a long period of time

    • B. 

      They have a fairly quick onset

    • C. 

      They often exist long before they are detected

  • 10. 
    Changes in lifestyle or pther health steps that help avoid the occurence of disease in the first place are called
    • A. 

      Curative medicine

    • B. 

      Crisis medicine

    • C. 

      Preventive medicine

  • 11. 
    According to Herbert J. Gans, which of the following would NOT ba function of poverty?
    • A. 

      To ensure that society's dirty work will be done

    • B. 

      To create a market for inferior goods and services that only the poor will buy

    • C. 

      To make available loans so that the poor can get job training

  • 12. 
    The movement of people from one social position to another in the stratification hierachy  is called
    • A. 

      Public assistance

    • B. 

      Social insurance

    • C. 

      Social mobility

  • 13. 
    The blame the victim stance toward poverty means that
    • A. 

      The poor blame society for their plight.

    • B. 

      Poverty is attributed to the character flaws of the poor

    • C. 

      The poor are blame by society for causing crime to rise

  • 14. 
    A situation in which everyone, or nearly everyone, who wanted to work could find a job is called
    • A. 

      Structural unemployment

    • B. 

      Public assisstance

    • C. 

      Full employment

  • 15. 
    Groups whose members share distinct physical or cultural characteristics, who are denied acces to power and resources available to other groups, and who are accorded fewer rights, privileges, and opportunities, are referred to by sociologists as
    • A. 

      Racial groups

    • B. 

      Sexual groups

    • C. 

      Minority groups

  • 16. 
    The definition of "race" used by sociologists is based on
    • A. 

      Peoples belief in the biological differences of the races

    • B. 

      Viewing race as a social category

    • C. 

      Both a and c

  • 17. 
    The view that certain racial or ethnic groups are biologically inferior and that practices involving their domination and exploitation are justified is best referred to as  
    • A. 

      Prejudice

    • B. 

      Discrimination

    • C. 

      Racism

  • 18. 
    An irrational attitude toward certain people based soley on their membership in a particular group is called
    • A. 

      Prejudice

    • B. 

      Discrimination

    • C. 

      Prejudiced discrimination

  • 19. 
    People who accept the members of another racial or ethnic group in both belief and practice are known in Merton categories as
    • A. 

      Prejudiced discriminators

    • B. 

      Unprejudiced nondiscriminators

    • C. 

      Prejudiced nondiscriminators

  • 20. 
    The goal-oriented activities of the group such as hunting, building something, or managing a work team are referred to as
    • A. 

      Expressive tasks

    • B. 

      Leadership tasks

    • C. 

      Instumental tasks

  • 21. 
    According to the interactionist perspective, gender inequality becomes a social problem when
    • A. 

      Sex roles change so rapidly that society's equilibrium is threatened

    • B. 

      Exchange relationships between men and women become disquilibrious

    • C. 

      There is a lack of consensus and shared expectations about the roles of men and women in society

  • 22. 
    According to the text, male and female are
    • A. 

      Gender related terms

    • B. 

      Sex-related terms

    • C. 

      Sex-and gender related terms

  • 23. 
    Which of the following fields specialize in the scientific study of aging?
    • A. 

      Demography

    • B. 

      Sociology

    • C. 

      Gerontology

  • 24. 
    Which of the following is true of the stages in the life cycle?
    • A. 

      Biology is secondary to social structure in shaping every stage

    • B. 

      In all societies, people go through the same sequence of stages

    • C. 

      Biology plays an important part in shaping the beginning and the end of the life cycle

  • 25. 
    Which of the following is a new stage in the life span that emerged in industrial societies?
    • A. 

      Childhood

    • B. 

      Adolescence

    • C. 

      Youth

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