Social Psych

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Social psychology is a branch of pyschology that refers to social interaction and its origins, including the effects that it has on the individuals in question. Can you answer all the questions related to the subject?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    We are most likely to incorporate a performance into our own self-concept when which of the following happen?
    • A. 

      Repeated performance

    • B. 

      Role support from significant others

    • C. 

      Neither a nor b

    • D. 

      Both a and b

  • 2. 
    According to Zerubavel, when we lump together all those whose income falls below a certain “poverty line” as an undifferentiated lot – the poor, we establish:
    • A. 

      Symbolic meaning

    • B. 

      Perceptual significance

    • C. 

      Background activities

    • D. 

      Social clusters

  • 3. 
    The process of learning the gestures, cues, and expectations that enable us to engage in successful impression management is called:
    • A. 

      Situated identity

    • B. 

      Socialization

    • C. 

      Self-concept

    • D. 

      Identity performance

  • 4. 
    According to Babbie, if you can’t be sure what your mind tells you is true, how can you gain some confidence in that regard?
    • A. 

      Different subjects report the same thing

    • B. 

      Different subjects report different things

    • C. 

      Authorities confirm your view

    • D. 

      Authorities reject your view

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is considered by Howard Becker to account for the use of marijuana?
    • A. 

      Psychological traits

    • B. 

      Predispositional characteristics

    • C. 

      Childhood trauma

    • D. 

      Social experiences

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Locate the self outside of politics

    • B. 

      Connect past, present and future

    • C. 

      Give purpose to change

    • D. 

      Organize personal and cultural meanings into plots

  • 7. 
    Feeling and expression norms
    • A. 

      Determine adolescent girls' affect and behavior

    • B. 

      Serve as an important cultural resource

    • C. 

      All of these

    • D. 

      Are learned through media sources

    • E. 

      Come directly from adults

  • 8. 
    Symbolic Interactionists explain people’s different appetites for beetle burritos and burnt cow muscle by:
    • A. 

      Measuring within a cultural group, the individuals tolerance for other cultures

    • B. 

      Noting the assumptions people make within social groups regarding which foods are desirable

    • C. 

      Showing that people's tastes usually lead them to act in ways contradictory to their beliefs

    • D. 

      Asking people directly to say why they like the foods they choose to eat

  • 9. 
    Western cultural ideals  of the self include All of the below EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Our various social positions relative to socio-political arrangements

    • B. 

      Self-reliance

    • C. 

      Mentalism or control of life by positive thinking

    • D. 

      Perseverance

  • 10. 
    When you learn the skills and attitudes associated with a new job, you experience:
    • A. 

      Situated identity

    • B. 

      Front-stage

    • C. 

      Self-concept

    • D. 

      Identity performance

  • 11. 
    The process of routinization accounts for the way:
    • A. 

      An identity becomes a self

    • B. 

      Significant others engage in social control

    • C. 

      Deception infiltrates relationships

    • D. 

      Humans seek self-improvement

  • 12. 
    The ideals of being oneself are
    • A. 

      Aspects of natural self-fulfillment

    • B. 

      Based on one's nature and influenced by environment

    • C. 

      Usually difficult because common sense distorts knowing oneself

    • D. 

      Governed by common sense or the plausibility of being a recognizable self

  • 13. 
    Before interaction can proceed successfully, the actors must go through a process of identity negotiation. In this process:
    • A. 

      An actor must choose which identity to present before entering a new situation, and disentangle that identity from its previous uses

    • B. 

      The actors must come to an agreement about what sort of situation they are in and what sort of role each is playing

    • C. 

      be considered a competent adult in interaction, humans must have a firm sense of their own personal identity

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 14. 
    Becker suggests that culturally-specific contours or shapes of life organize the meanings people use to guide themselves. One central Western ‘shape’ of life is
    • A. 

      Life is a linear order of progress –achieved by strength of will

    • B. 

      Life is determined by a series of good and bad fortune

    • C. 

      Life happens

    • D. 

      Life is largely determined by political arrangements outside of personal choice

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Inspirations to make something of ourselves

    • B. 

      Cultural artifacts that articulate the experiences of some groups and silence others

    • C. 

      Reflections of who we really are

    • D. 

      Determined by the best ordinary heroes.

  • 16. 
    When we observe and evaluate our own performances, we are engaging in:
    • A. 

      Situated identity

    • B. 

      Identity performance

    • C. 

      Role support

    • D. 

      Impression management

  • 17. 
    Based on the discussion of the Freudian perspective, which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      The personal characteristics of an individual explain behavior in social situations.

    • B. 

      People submit to social order because they are forced to do so by powerful individuals.

    • C. 

      Cognitive processes intervene between the social environment and an individual’s behavior.

    • D. 

      Attempts to control unconscious impulses are the primary reason for the development of society.

  • 18. 
    According to the text, Data has not achieved “humanness” yet because he:
    • A. 

      Cannot manipulate symbols the way true humans can.

    • B. 

      Cannot comprehend the situated meaning of social interaction.

    • C. 

      Continues to make cognitive mistakes in processing information on human activities

    • D. 

      Tries to be too emotional in his interactions with human beings

  • 19. 
    Personal or self coherence is achieved by
    • A. 

      College education

    • B. 

      Ongoing struggles to grasp one'e true identity

    • C. 

      Participation in cultural narratives that connect personal experience and social interpretations

    • D. 

      Modeling the decisions of high status individuals

  • 20. 
    The emphasis on US willpower is 
    • A. 

      Evidence how freedom transcends social divisions

    • B. 

      An illustration how thomas the train engine story is true

    • C. 

      Part of the dominant cultural myth of rational control

    • D. 

      A reason why americans are comparitvely healthy

  • 21. 
    According to Mead, which of the following form the basis of what we think of as our core self?
    • A. 

      Repeated performance

    • B. 

      Self-observation

    • C. 

      Internal conversations

    • D. 

      Ideal scripts for behavior

  • 22. 
    Normalcy describes
    • A. 

      The true purpose of life

    • B. 

      Universal stages people experience

    • C. 

      General reasons for why social reality is as it is

    • D. 

      The internal guidelines behind impression management

  • 23. 
    Cooley's notion of the looking glass self requires us to
    • A. 

      Groom impeccably

    • B. 

      Consider our goals in life

    • C. 

      Develop an original theory

    • D. 

      Imagine how others see us

  • 24. 
    Conformity is
    • A. 

      Submitting to group pressures despite knowing better

    • B. 

      An ongoing negotiation of meaning and social activit relative to contexts and capabilities

    • C. 

      The enforcement of social norms

    • D. 

      Loss of self

  • 25. 
    According to the text, reality is
    • A. 

      A codified set of facts and possibilities

    • B. 

      Something produced and reproduced through ongoing human activity

    • C. 

      A codified set of rules and expectations

    • D. 

      Something passed down intact through generations