Sociology Practice Quiz #1

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This quiz is to help me study for my sociology test.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    As defined by C. Wright Mills, which of the following “enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society”?
    • A. 

      Formal sociology

    • B. 

      Sociological imagination

    • C. 

      Microsociology

    • D. 

      Macrosociology

  • 2. 
    During what decade did C. Wright Mills develop his theory about grasping the relationship between history and biography in society?
    • A. 

      The 1940s

    • B. 

      The 1950s

    • C. 

      The 1960s

    • D. 

      The 1970s

  • 3. 
    Feeling discomfort about rural Chinese society, where many generations of a family sleep in the same bed, is known as:
    • A. 

      Xenophobia

    • B. 

      Verstehen

    • C. 

      Social identity

    • D. 

      Social ecology

  • 4. 
    Why might a visitor to a rural Chinese community feel discomfort?
    • A. 

      Rural Chinese communities do not yet understand the relationship between history and biography.

    • B. 

      Without formal education, residents of rural communities lack any form of social awareness.

    • C. 

      Rural communities are uncivilized because they have yet to embrace Western culture.

    • D. 

      It’s sometimes difficult to understand a reality different from the one that a visitor grew up with.

  • 5. 
    Which definition best describes the practice of sociology?
    • A. 

      The study of human society

    • B. 

      A liberal manner of determining social status

    • C. 

      The effect of globalization on capitalism

    • D. 

      The study of the psychological effects of societal relationships

  • 6. 
    All of the following are listed in Chapter 1 as subdisciplines within the larger discipline of sociology EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Sociology of animals

    • B. 

      Sociology of music

    • C. 

      Sociology of religion

    • D. 

      Sociology of sports

  • 7. 
    How does the textbook author use dialogue from Pulp Fiction, in which the characters discuss how in Holland, people put mayonnaise on their french fries?
    • A. 

      To introduce the sociology of film

    • B. 

      To explain the sociological imagination

    • C. 

      To explain social institutions

    • D. 

      To define formal sociology

  • 8. 
    Sociologists and economists have shown that the benefits of higher education include higher median incomes for college graduates. This is known as:
    • A. 

      Educational investment

    • B. 

      The returns to schooling

    • C. 

      Study hard or be poor

    • D. 

      Get an education; get a job

  • 9. 
    According to Randall Collins’s (1979) research, the expansion of higher education is:
    • A. 

      Mainly caused by the globalization of capitalism

    • B. 

      Likely caused by less-prepared high school students entering college

    • C. 

      A result of credentialism and expenditures on formal education

    • D. 

      A result of increasing governmental interference in educational funding

  • 10. 
    According to research used to question credentialism, what might it cost to buy a college diploma online?
    • A. 

      $29.95

    • B. 

      $99.99

    • C. 

      $250.00

    • D. 

      At least $1,000

  • 11. 
    All of the following are examples of social institutions used to prevent Web sites from undermining colleges' degree-conferring abilities EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Copyright law

    • B. 

      Police forces

    • C. 

      Employers

    • D. 

      Families

  • 12. 
               which of the following is defined as a set of stories embedded within a social network about the standard ways a society meets it needs?
    • A. 

      A social identity

    • B. 

      A social institution

    • C. 

      A theory

    • D. 

      Anomie

  • 13. 
    The Phillip Morris Company changed its name to Altira in an attempt to start a new:
    • A. 

      Line of cigarettes

    • B. 

      Defense against law suits

    • C. 

      Social identity

    • D. 

      Multinational company

  • 14. 
    The “grand narrative” that constitutes a social identity:
    • A. 

      Is nothing more than a sum of individual stories told between pairs of individuals

    • B. 

      Remains the same throughout time

    • C. 

      Can only be defined by the individual him- or herself

    • D. 

      Is best displayed online on MySpace and Facebook

  • 15. 
    Some sociologists argue that the basis for all social life is:
    • A. 

      Statistics

    • B. 

      Theory

    • C. 

      Language

    • D. 

      Technology

  • 16. 
    Positivism is also known as:
    • A. 

      Symbolic interactionism

    • B. 

      Social physics

    • C. 

      Social psychology

    • D. 

      Social ecology

  • 17. 
    Positivism is best defined as:
    • A. 

      The idea that we can scientifically and logically study social institutions and the individuals within them

    • B. 

      The effect of religion on social institutions and the individuals within them

    • C. 

      The study of the symbolic interactions between social institutions and the individuals within them

    • D. 

      The relationship between scientific and religious social institutions

  • 18. 
    According to Comte, positivism arose out of a need to make ____________ sense of the social order in a time of declining religious authority.
    • A. 

      Scientific

    • B. 

      Moral

    • C. 

      Rational

    • D. 

      Economic

  • 19. 
    As a formal field, sociology is a relatively ____________ discipline, as discussed in Chapter 
    • A. 

      Old

    • B. 

      Established

    • C. 

      Young

    • D. 

      Conservative

  • 20. 
    All of the following are known as the three epistemological stages of  human society, as explained by Comte, EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      The theological stage

    • B. 

      The metaphysical stage

    • C. 

      The scientific stage

    • D. 

      The post-scientific stage

  • 21. 
    Which of the three historical epistemological stages of human society did Comte explain was highlighted by Enlightenment thinking such as Rousseau’s, Mill’s, and Hobbes’s beliefs in biological causes for human behavior?
    • A. 

      The theological stage

    • B. 

      The metaphysical stage

    • C. 

      The scientific stage

    • D. 

      The post-scientific stage

  • 22. 
    Which of the three historical epistemological stages of human society did Comte claim was characterized by the development of social physics to explain human behavior?
    • A. 

      The theological stage

    • B. 

      The metaphysical stage

    • C. 

      The scientific stage

    • D. 

      The post-scientific stage

  • 23. 
    Which of the three historical epistemological stages did Comte argue would explain human society by consulting the Bible or other religious texts?
    • A. 

      The theological stage

    • B. 

      The metaphysical stage

    • C. 

      The scientific stage

    • D. 

      The post-scientific stage

  • 24. 
    Who was the author of the first methods book in the discipline of sociology?
    • A. 

      Emile Durkheim

    • B. 

      Harriet Martineau

    • C. 

      Jane Addams

    • D. 

      Max Weber

  • 25. 
    In the book How to Observe Morals and Manners, the institution of marriage is criticized as:
    • A. 

      Based on an assumption of the inferiority of women

    • B. 

      Based on an assumption of the inferiority of men

    • C. 

      Reinforcing compulsory heterosexuality

    • D. 

      Perpetuating social class stratification