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Sociology is the study and analysis of human relationships and institutions which elucidates necessary affairs of the world, communities, and personal life. Sociology research about social causes and outcomes of family conflict, religious faith, racial and gender identity, crime and law, etc. This quiz has been designed to test your knowledge about basic sociology. Read the questions and answer according to the options provided. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is Sociology?

    • A.

      Study of society.

    • B.

      Study of sociopaths.

    • C.

      Systematic study of human society and social interaction.

    • D.

      Systematic study of sociological perspectives.

    Correct Answer
    C. Systematic study of human society and social interaction.
    Explanation
    Sociology is the systematic study of human society and social interaction. It involves examining social behavior, relationships, and institutions in order to understand how they shape individuals and groups within a society. This field of study focuses on analyzing social structures, cultural norms, and social inequalities to gain insights into the functioning of society. By studying sociology, researchers aim to uncover patterns and dynamics that influence social behavior and contribute to the betterment of society.

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  • 2. 

    Good sociology is:

    • A.

      Organized, Systematic

    • B.

      Inquiring

    • C.

      Curious, Committed

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Good sociology is characterized by being organized and systematic in its approach, ensuring that research is conducted in a structured and methodical manner. It is also inquiring, seeking to explore and understand social phenomena through rigorous investigation. Additionally, good sociology is curious, encouraging researchers to ask questions and seek knowledge about the social world. Lastly, good sociology is committed, demonstrating a dedication and passion to uncovering the truth and making a positive impact on society. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above."

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  • 3. 

    Who are the four important founding theorists in sociology?

    • A.

      Marx, Durkheim, Jung, Freud

    • B.

      Marx, Durkheim, Simmel, Weber

    • C.

      Jung, Freud, Darwin, Marx

    • D.

      Simmel, Darwin, Twain, Weber

    Correct Answer
    B. Marx, Durkheim, Simmel, Weber
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Marx, Durkheim, Simmel, Weber. These four individuals are considered important founding theorists in sociology. Karl Marx is known for his theories on social class and capitalism. Emile Durkheim is known for his work on social integration and the division of labor. Georg Simmel is known for his contributions to social interaction and the study of small groups. Max Weber is known for his theories on social action and the Protestant work ethic. Together, these four theorists have had a significant impact on the development of sociology as a discipline.

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  • 4. 

    "A basic image of society that guides thinking and research" is the definition for what?

    • A.

      Sociological Cause and Effect

    • B.

      Sociological Research Theory

    • C.

      Sociological Imagination

    • D.

      Theoretical Paradigm

    Correct Answer
    D. Theoretical Paradigm
    Explanation
    A theoretical paradigm refers to a basic image or framework that guides thinking and research in sociology. It provides a set of assumptions, concepts, and principles that shape the way sociologists understand and study society. It helps to organize and structure sociological research and provides a lens through which sociologists analyze social phenomena.

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  • 5. 

    What is the theory?

    • A.

      A statement of how and why specific facts are related.

    • B.

      A set of logically interrelated statements that attempts to describe, explain and (occasionally) predict social events.

    • C.

      Sociologically created answers to sociological questions.

    • D.

      A and B.

    Correct Answer
    D. A and B.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is A and B. A theory is a statement of how and why specific facts are related, as well as a set of logically interrelated statements that attempts to describe, explain, and predict social events. Therefore, both options A and B accurately describe the nature of a theory in sociology.

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  • 6. 

    The five theories are functionalism, conflict theory, social interactionism, feminism, postmodernism.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the five theories mentioned - functionalism, conflict theory, social interactionism, feminism, and postmodernism - are indeed theories in the field of sociology. These theories provide different perspectives and frameworks for understanding society and social phenomena.

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  • 7. 

    Functionalism:

    • A.

      Is rooted in the tradition of Durkheim (elaborated by Talcott Parsons)

    • B.

      Believes that society is a system

    • C.

      Functionalist perspectives are based on the assumption that society is a stable and orderly system.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    • E.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above" because the statement provides a list of characteristics of functionalism, and all of the options mentioned are true. Functionalism is rooted in the tradition of Durkheim and elaborated by Talcott Parsons, it believes that society is a system, and functionalist perspectives are based on the assumption that society is a stable and orderly system. Therefore, all of the statements mentioned in the options are correct and align with the characteristics of functionalism.

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  • 8. 

    Conflict Perspective:

    • A.

      Rooted in the work of Marx and Weber

    • B.

      Focuses on power and its deployment

    • C.

      Groups in society are engaged in a continuous power struggle for control over scarce resources

    • D.

      All true

    • E.

      All false

    Correct Answer
    D. All true
    Explanation
    The conflict perspective is rooted in the work of Marx and Weber and focuses on power and its deployment in society. According to this perspective, groups in society are constantly engaged in a power struggle to gain control over limited resources. Therefore, all of the statements presented in the question are true.

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  • 9. 

    Karl Marx

    • A.

      Focused on economic arrangements.

    • B.

      Believed that scarce or limited resources created conflict.

    • C.

      None of the above.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above." This means that Karl Marx focused on economic arrangements, believed that scarce or limited resources created conflict, and also believed in none of the above. In other words, all of the statements mentioned in the question are true about Karl Marx.

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  • 10. 

    Max Weber

    • A.

      Disagreed with Marx that all power is economic

    • B.

      Added prestige (status)

    • C.

      There are different forms of authority

    • D.

      None of the above

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    Max Weber disagreed with Marx's view that all power is economic. He believed that power can also be derived from prestige or status. Additionally, Weber argued that there are different forms of authority, not just economic power. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above."

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  • 11. 

    What are 'feminist perspectives'?

    • A.

      Sociology by, for and about women.

    • B.

      Focus on the significance of gender in understanding and explaining inequalities that exist between men and women.

    • C.

      Both

    Correct Answer
    C. Both
    Explanation
    Feminist perspectives refer to a sociological approach that encompasses three aspects: sociology by women, sociology for women, and sociology about women. It involves studying society from a gendered lens and understanding the inequalities that exist between men and women. By focusing on the significance of gender, feminist perspectives aim to challenge and address these inequalities. Therefore, the correct answer is "Both" because feminist perspectives encompass sociology by, for, and about women.

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  • 12. 

    Existing theories have been unsuccessful in explaining social life in contemporary societies that are characterized by post-industrialization, consumerism, and global communications. This is the definition of what theory?

    • A.

      Conflict theory

    • B.

      Social interactionism

    • C.

      Postmodernism

    • D.

      Feminism

    • E.

      Functionalism

    Correct Answer
    C. Postmodernism
    Explanation
    Postmodernism is the correct answer because it is a theory that acknowledges the limitations of existing theories in explaining social life in contemporary societies. Postmodernism recognizes the impact of post-industrialization, consumerism, and global communications on social dynamics and argues that traditional theories, such as functionalism and conflict theory, are inadequate in understanding these complexities. Postmodernism emphasizes the importance of individual experiences, cultural diversity, and the influence of power structures in shaping social interactions.

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