Quiz On Social Stratification! Trivia

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Social stratification is the term used for the system in which a society’s people are ranked into categories in a hierarchy. The people higher up the social ladder generally have more status, power, and wealth.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following best describes how social class is related to social stratification?
    • A. 

      Each layer has many layers of social stratification

    • B. 

      Each layer of social stratification constitutes a social class

    • C. 

      The terms social stratification and social class mean the same thing

    • D. 

      Social stratification exists in caste systems, whereas social classes only exist in noncaste systems

  • 2. 
    Which of the following would NOT be considered  PART OF a person's wealth?
    • A. 

      Money in a savings account

    • B. 

      His clothes and other personal possessions

    • C. 

      A paycheck he will receive next Friday

    • D. 

      A house that he owns

  • 3. 
    Karl Marx believed that the only thing of value that the proletariat (working class) had was _____ 
    • A. 

      The means of production

    • B. 

      The prestige of the work it performed

    • C. 

      Its labor

    • D. 

      Its property

  • 4. 
    Which of the following people is LEAST likely to live in poverty in the US today?
    • A. 

      The child of a single mother

    • B. 

      A 45 year old immigrant who moved here two years ago

    • C. 

      A single female with a high school diploma

    • D. 

      A 35 year old white male with a college education

  • 5. 
    The most distinguishing characteristic of a caste system (where class is based on birth) is that  _______
    • A. 

      People can move vertically, but not horizontally

    • B. 

      People can only move intergenerationally

    • C. 

      Social status is inherited and cannot be changed

    • D. 

      Social status can be changed by education and hard work

  • 6. 
    A factory worker's son earns his way through college and eventually becomes a physics engineer.  This is an example of _______ 
    • A. 

      Intergenerational mobility

    • B. 

      Horizontal mobility

    • C. 

      The caste system

    • D. 

      A fairy tale

  • 7. 
    Irena moves from a job as a computer programmer to a job as a Web page designer. This is an example of _________
    • A. 

      Vertical mobility

    • B. 

      Intergenerational mobility

    • C. 

      Horizontal mobility

    • D. 

      Social stratification

  • 8. 
    After attending night school for five years, Sondra moves from a job as a warehouse worker to a job as a bank loan officer. This is an example of ___________ 
    • A. 

      Vertical downward mobility

    • B. 

      Horizontal mobility

    • C. 

      Vertical upward mobility

    • D. 

      Intergenerational mobility

  • 9. 
    Countries like Somalia, Ethiopia, and Chad are underdeveloped countries, meaning that they have little infrastructure and very little money.  In countries like this you will find that they __________________ 
    • A. 

      Have a very small upper class and an extremely large lower class

    • B. 

      Have very large upper classes

    • C. 

      Have very large middle classes

    • D. 

      Have poor people only

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is NOT true of prestige?
    • A. 

      Prestige must be bestowed upon a person, it is not claimed

    • B. 

      What might be considered prestigious by one social class may not be considered prestigious by another

    • C. 

      Prestige refers to the respect and honor attached to certain social positions

    • D. 

      Only the working class is interested in obtaining prestige

  • 11. 
    Which of the following best describes the functionalist theory of social stratification?
    • A. 

      Inequality exists because some people are willing to exploit others

    • B. 

      Social stratification will eventually be eliminated when the workers revolt

    • C. 

      Children in the US are taught that a person's social class is the result of their talent and effort

    • D. 

      The inequality of social classes helps assurre that the most qualified people fill the most important positions

  • 12. 
    Which of the three perspectives of sociology states that "inequality exists because some people are willing to exploit others"?
    • A. 

      Symbolic interactionist perspective

    • B. 

      Conflict perspective

    • C. 

      Functionalist perspective

  • 13. 
    Which of the following best describes the symbolic interactionist perspective of social stratification?
    • A. 

      Inequality exists because some people are willing to exploit others.

    • B. 

      Social stratification will eventually be eliminated when the workers revolt.

    • C. 

      Children in the US are taught that a person's social class is the result of their talent and effort

    • D. 

      The inequality of social classes helps assure that the most qualified people fill the most important positions

  • 14. 
    ________ refers to the different layers of people who possess varying amounts of scarce resources.
    • A. 

      The proletariat

    • B. 

      Class consciousness

    • C. 

      Social stratification

    • D. 

      Horizontal mobility

  • 15. 
    Which of the following best describes what Karl Marx meant by false consciousness?
    • A. 

      The working class acceptance of capitalist ideas

    • B. 

      The social class into which you are born is the one that you should remain in your entire life

    • C. 

      Most of the people in industrial societies belong to the middle class

    • D. 

      Social stratification increases the stability of a society

  • 16. 
    ________ consists of the amount of money a person receives within a specific time period.
    • A. 

      Wealth

    • B. 

      Stratification

    • C. 

      Income

    • D. 

      Prestige

  • 17. 
    People who _________ do not even earn enough money to pay for their food and a safe place to live.
    • A. 

      Live in relative poverty

    • B. 

      Live in absolute poverty

    • C. 

      Are members of the working class in the United States

    • D. 

      Belong to the monarchy

  • 18. 
    ________ is the respect, honor, and recognition that one receives from members of society.
    • A. 

      Wealth

    • B. 

      Power

    • C. 

      Income

    • D. 

      Prestige

  • 19. 
    When you add up all the economic resources a person has, such as their savings, home, personal property, etc, you have determined that person's ____________
    • A. 

      Caste

    • B. 

      Power

    • C. 

      Wealth

    • D. 

      Prestige

  • 20. 
    A position such as being a high school teacher is likely to have more ___________ than ___________.
    • A. 

      Wealth ; power

    • B. 

      Power ; prestige

    • C. 

      Prestige ; wealth

    • D. 

      Wealth ; prestige

  • 21. 
    A mugger who holds up another person at gunpoint and takes all that person's money has ___________
    • A. 

      Wealth

    • B. 

      Legitimate power

    • C. 

      Illegitimate power

    • D. 

      Prestige

  • 22. 
    A police officer who pulls you over can do so on the authority of __________
    • A. 

      Prestige

    • B. 

      Legitimate power

    • C. 

      Illegitimate power

    • D. 

      The President of the United States

  • 23. 
    A society in which people frequently can, by acquiring skills and working hard, move from one level of social stratification to a higher level of social stratification.
    • A. 

      Caste system

    • B. 

      Open class system

    • C. 

      Vertical mobility

    • D. 

      Feminization of poverty

  • 24. 
    The child of an office clerk becomes a physician.
    • A. 

      Horizontal mobility

    • B. 

      Open class society

    • C. 

      Feminization of poverty

    • D. 

      Intergenerational mobility

  • 25. 
    A young woman is stuck in her low paying job because she has no skills and no time to continue her education because she has a baby to support.
    • A. 

      Caste system

    • B. 

      Open class system

    • C. 

      Feminization of poverty

    • D. 

      Vertical mobility