Social Stratification - Practice Quiz

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  • 1. 
    Which of these systems allows for the most social mobility?
    • A. 

      Caste

    • B. 

      Monarchy

    • C. 

      Endogamy

    • D. 

      Class

  • 2. 
    Structural mobility occurs when:
    • A. 

      An individual moves up the class ladder

    • B. 

      An individual moves down the class ladder

    • C. 

      A large group moves up or down the class ladder due to societal changes

    • D. 

      A member of a family belongs to a different class than his or her siblings

  • 3. 
    The GNI PPP figure represents:
    • A. 

      A country’s total accumulated wealth

    • B. 

      Annual government spending

    • C. 

      The average annual income of a country’s citizens

    • D. 

      A country’s debt

  • 4. 
    Conflict theorists view capitalists as those who:
    • A. 

      Are ambitious

    • B. 

      Fund social services

    • C. 

      Spend money wisely

    • D. 

      Get rich while workers stay poor

  • 5. 
    The behaviors, customs, and norms associated with a class are known as:
    • A. 

      Class traits

    • B. 

      Power

    • C. 

      Prestige

    • D. 

      Underclass

  • 6. 
    What factor makes class systems open?
    • A. 

      They allow for movement between the classes.

    • B. 

      People are more open-minded.

    • C. 

      People are encouraged to socialize within their class.

    • D. 

      They do not have clearly defined layers.

  • 7. 
    Social stratification is a system that:
    • A. 

      Ranks society members into categories

    • B. 

      Destroys competition between society members

    • C. 

      Allows society members to choose their social standing

    • D. 

      Reflects personal choices of society members

  • 8. 
    Which statement represents stratification from the perspective of symbolic interactionism?
    • A. 

      Men often earn more than women, even working the same job.

    • B. 

      After work, Pat, a janitor, feels more comfortable eating in a truck stop than a French restaurant.

    • C. 

      Doctors earn more money because their job is more highly valued.

    • D. 

      Teachers continue to struggle to keep benefits such as health insurance.

  • 9. 
    Which statement illustrates low status consistency?
    • A. 

      A suburban family lives in a modest ranch home and enjoys nice vacation each summer.

    • B. 

      A single mother receives food stamps and struggles to find adequate employment.

    • C. 

      A college dropout launches an online company that earns millions in its first year.

    • D. 

      A celebrity actress owns homes in three countries.

  • 10. 
    Based on meritocracy, a physician’s assistant would:
    • A. 

      Receive the same pay as all the other physician’s assistants

    • B. 

      Be encouraged to earn a higher degree to seek a better position

    • C. 

      Most likely marry a professional at the same level

    • D. 

      Earn a pay raise for doing excellent work

  • 11. 
    Occupational prestige means that jobs are:
    • A. 

      All equal in status

    • B. 

      Not equally valued

    • C. 

      Assigned to a person for life

    • D. 

      Not part of a person’s self-identity

  • 12. 
    Unlike Davis and Moore, Melvin Tumin believed that, because of social stratification, some qualified people were _______ higher-level job positions.
    • A. 

      Denied the opportunity to obtain

    • B. 

      Encouraged to train for

    • C. 

      Often fired from

    • D. 

      Forced into

  • 13. 
    When Karl Marx said workers experience alienation, he meant that workers:
    • A. 

      Must labor alone, without companionship

    • B. 

      Do not feel connected to their work

    • C. 

      Move from one geographical location to another

    • D. 

      Have to put forth self-effort to get ahead

  • 14. 
    Which of the following scenarios is an example of intergenerational mobility?
    • A. 

      A janitor belongs to the same social class as his grandmother did.

    • B. 

      An executive belongs to a different class than her parents.

    • C. 

      An editor shares the same social class as his cousin.

    • D. 

      A lawyer belongs to a different class than her sister.

  • 15. 
    The basic premise of the Davis-Moore thesis is that the unequal distribution of rewards in social stratification:
    • A. 

      Is an outdated mode of societal organization

    • B. 

      Is an artificial reflection of society

    • C. 

      Serves a purpose in society

    • D. 

      Cannot be justified

  • 16. 
    In the United States, most people define themselves as:
    • A. 

      Middle class

    • B. 

      Upper class

    • C. 

      Lower class

    • D. 

      No specific class

  • 17. 
    Which person best illustrates opportunities for upward social mobility in the United States?
    • A. 

      First-shift factory worker

    • B. 

      First-generation college student

    • C. 

      Firstborn son who inherits the family business

    • D. 

      First-time interviewee who is hired for a job

  • 18. 
    What factor makes caste systems closed?
    • A. 

      They are run by secretive governments.

    • B. 

      People cannot change their social standings.

    • C. 

      Most have been outlawed.

    • D. 

      They exist only in rural areas.

  • 19. 
    Which graphic concept best illustrates the concept of social stratification?
    • A. 

      Pie chart

    • B. 

      Flag poles

    • C. 

      Planetary movement

    • D. 

      Pyramid

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