Sociology Final Quiz Questions

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  • 1. 
    1. Religion is a social institution that is best defined as involving:
    • A. 

      beliefs and practices concerning what is sacred.

    • B. 

      Ideas about good and evil.

    • C. 

      A series of beliefs about creation

    • D. 

      Norms about how to live.

  • 2. 
    Following Emile Durkheim, we would define things as profane when we understand them:
    • A. 

      In terms of the past.

    • B. 

      As set apart as “forbidden.”

    • C. 

      In terms of ultimate meanings

    • D. 

      In terms of their everyday usefulness.

  • 3. 
    Ritual is a matter of
    • A. 

      Formal, ceremonial behavior

    • B. 

      Who people socialize with.

    • C. 

      Beliefs about truth

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct.

  • 4. 
    . Faith is a way of knowing based on:
    • A. 

      Scientific research.

    • B. 

      Human senses.

    • C. 

      Cultural common sense.

    • D. 

      Conviction or belief in things unseen

  • 5. 
    Sociological analysis of religion is concerned with:
    • A. 

      Understanding patterns of religious activity and their effect on society.

    • B. 

      Which religions are true and which are false.

    • C. 

      The purpose of life.

    • D. 

      Discerning the will of God.

  • 6. 
    . Durkheim pointed to three functions of religion for society. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
    • A. 

      Fostering social cohesion

    • B. 

      Fostering social conflict

    • C. 

      Providing social control

    • D. 

      Providing meaning and purpose

  • 7. 
    Guided by the symbolic-interaction approach, sociologists examine:
    • A. 

      How daily rituals sharpen the boundary between the sacred and profane

    • B. 

      How religion gives our existence a measure of security and meaning.

    • C. 

      The use of ritual and religious meaning to strengthen social ties such as marriage.

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct.

  • 8. 
    An analysis of how religion supports the interests of a society's elites would fall under which of the following theoretical approaches?
    • A. 

      Structural-functional approach

    • B. 

      Symbolic-interaction approach

    • C. 

      Social-conflict approach

    • D. 

      Social-exchange approach

  • 9. 
    What do the sacred texts of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have in common?
    • A. 

      Support for patriarchy

    • B. 

      Belief in multiple deities

    • C. 

      The same sacred symbols

    • D. 

      Support for secularization

  • 10. 
    In his analysis of Protestantism and the rise of capitalism, Max Weber stated that Protestantism:
    • A. 

      Held back the development of capitalism.

    • B. 

      Supported the status quo.

    • C. 

      Encouraged greater gender equality

    • D. 

      Stressed duty and hard work, boosting economic production and fostering the rise of capitalism

  • 11. 
    . Supporters of liberation theology hope that this social movement will achieve which of the following goals?
    • A. 

      Keeping politics out of the church

    • B. 

      Helping people endure their suffering

    • C. 

      Encouraging personal growth

    • D. 

      Reducing social inequality and, especially, poverty

  • 12. 
    A religious organization that is well integrated into the larger society is called a
    • A. 

      Church.

    • B. 

      Sect.

    • C. 

      Cult.

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct.

  • 13. 
    . Over the course of its history, the Roman Catholic Church has existed in various forms, including as a:
    • A. 

      State church.

    • B. 

      Church.

    • C. 

      Denomination

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct.

  • 14. 
    In the United States, the Amish would be an example of a:
    • A. 

      State church.

    • B. 

      Cult.

    • C. 

      Sect.

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct.

  • 15. 
    . Which of the following concepts refers to a religious organization that is largely outside a society’s cultural traditions?
    • A. 

      Church

    • B. 

      Sect

    • C. 

      Cult

    • D. 

      Denomination

  • 16. 
    Which of the following religious organizations began as a cult?
    • A. 

      Islam

    • B. 

      Christianity

    • C. 

      Judaism

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct.

  • 17. 
    Animism is the belief that:
    • A. 

      God has a plan for the entire world

    • B. 

      Everything in the world is a conscious, living force that is able to affect us.

    • C. 

      Nothing is sacred.

    • D. 

      People can find little meaning in their everyday lives

  • 18. 
    Christianity is one example of which of the following types of religions?
    • A. 

      Monotheism

    • B. 

      Polytheism

    • C. 

      Animism

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct.

  • 19. 
    Polytheism refers to:
    • A. 

      Acceptance of many religions as true

    • B. 

      Belief that all things in the world are sacred

    • C. 

      Belief in many gods.

    • D. 

      Openness to new religious experience.

  • 20. 
    In the United States, the Muslim population includes which of the following?
    • A. 

      Most Arab Americans

    • B. 

      Many Asian Americans

    • C. 

      Some African Americans

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct.

  • 21. 
    The world's largest concentration of Jews (6 million) is found in:
    • A. 

      Europe.

    • B. 

      North America

    • C. 

      Africa

    • D. 

      Asia.

  • 22. 
    Which of the following is the oldest of the world religions discussed in the text?
    • A. 

      Hinduism

    • B. 

      Judaism

    • C. 

      Christianity

    • D. 

      Islam

  • 23. 
    Confucianism is closely linked to the traditional culture of:
    • A. 

      India

    • B. 

      China

    • C. 

      Japan.

    • D. 

      Iran

  • 24. 
    In general, compared to Eastern religions, Western religions:
    • A. 

      Are deity-based

    • B. 

      Operate more ethical codes of conduct.

    • C. 

      Are less clear about what is sacred and what is profane

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct.

  • 25. 
    In the United States, a majority of people (52.1 percent) claim to be:
    • A. 

      Catholic.

    • B. 

      Jewish.

    • C. 

      Protestant

    • D. 

      Muslim

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