Sociology Practice Quiz #3

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


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    An ordered series of questions intended to elicit information from research respondents is known as:
    • A. 

      An experiment

    • B. 

      Participant observation

    • C. 

      A case study

    • D. 

      A survey

  • 2. 
    Lance is a sociologist who has mailed 10,000 surveys to possible respondents in a population he is studying. He hopes to get responses from, and have a sample of, at least 5,000. This is known as:
    • A. 

      The response rate

    • B. 

      Probing

    • C. 

      Selection bias

    • D. 

      Validity

  • 3. 
    The main reason that achieving high response rates and limiting selection bias are so important is that they lead to:
    • A. 

      Increasing generalizability

    • B. 

      Decreasing generalizability

    • C. 

      Increasing validity

    • D. 

      Decreasing validity

  • 4. 
    The General Social Survey (GSS) is replicated yearly with a new sample of 2,000 respondents. This is an example of:
    • A. 

      An experiment

    • B. 

      Participant observation

    • C. 

      A repeated cross-sectional survey

    • D. 

      A longitudinal study

  • 5. 
    A type of longitudinal study in which the same sample of respondents is tracked over a long period of time is known as:
    • A. 

      An experiment

    • B. 

      Participant observation

    • C. 

      The historical method

    • D. 

      A panel study

  • 6. 
    Researchers studying social movements often use which of the following methods, which involves collecting data from written reports and other artifacts that date to a specific time period?
    • A. 

      Experiments

    • B. 

      Audit studies

    • C. 

      Panel surveys

    • D. 

      Historical methods

  • 7. 
    The notion that our culture, lacking a history of feudalism, was uniquely individualistic and nonpaternalistic is known as:
    • A. 

      The American Dream

    • B. 

      The American Way

    • C. 

      American exceptionalism

    • D. 

      American history

  • 8. 
    Rogers Brubaker (1992) studied the notions of citizen and statehood in both France and Germany. His method of research is known as:
    • A. 

      Comparative research

    • B. 

      A case study

    • C. 

      An experiment

    • D. 

      Content analysis

  • 9. 
    The general approach to comparative research is to:
    • A. 

      Study a total population or census

    • B. 

      Find cases that match on every variable

    • C. 

      Use a panel study approach only

    • D. 

      Find cases that match on many potentially relevant dimensions, yet vary on just one

  • 10. 
    Perhaps the most difficult method to apply to the social sciences, as compared with laboratory-based natural sciences, is/are:
    • A. 

      Surveys

    • B. 

      Experimental methods

    • C. 

      Historical methods

    • D. 

      Content analysis

  • 11. 
    LeeAnn is a graduate student in sociology who is studying media depictions of gun violence in popular films such as Rambo and Scarface. Her choice of methods is known as:
    • A. 

      An audit study

    • B. 

      A panel study

    • C. 

      Content analysis

    • D. 

      Surveys

  • 12. 
    In content analysis research, which of the following refers to observations that are implied, but not easily observed?
    • A. 

      Manifest content

    • B. 

      Latent content

    • C. 

      Spurious variables

    • D. 

      Mediating variables

  • 13. 
    All of the following are described as golden rules of ethical conduct in social research EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Do no harm

    • B. 

      Informed consent

    • C. 

      Never debrief

    • D. 

      Voluntary participation

  • 14. 
    Research subjects have a right to know that they are participating in a study and what the study consists of. This is known as:
    • A. 

      Involuntary participation

    • B. 

      Informed consent

    • C. 

      Manifest content

    • D. 

      Latent content

  • 15. 
    Social research aimed to influence public policy and society as a whole is referred to as:
    • A. 

      Feminist sociology

    • B. 

      Historical sociology

    • C. 

      Private sociology

    • D. 

      Public sociology

  • 16. 
    A set of beliefs, traditions, and practices that is the total of the social categories and concepts that people embrace is one definition of:
    • A. 

      Media

    • B. 

      Culture

    • C. 

      Hegemony

    • D. 

      Norms

  • 17. 
    The word culture derives from the Latin word colere, which means:
    • A. 

      A cult

    • B. 

      An ideology

    • C. 

      To cultivate

    • D. 

      A plan of action

  • 18. 
    In Chapter 3, the pictures of the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial are used as examples of:
    • A. 

      Early U.S. architectural choices in columnar styles

    • B. 

      U.S. nationalism and pride

    • C. 

      Patriarchal power and the institutions they represent

    • D. 

      The only types of buildings acceptable in Washington, D.C.

  • 19. 
    Which of the following was a poet and cultural critic who defined culture as the pursuit of perfection and broad knowledge of the world, in contrast to narrow self-centeredness and material gain? 
    • A. 

      Matthew Arnold

    • B. 

      Emile Durkheim

    • C. 

      Dalton Conley

    • D. 

      Karl Marx

  • 20. 
    One of the two main categories of culture that includes values, beliefs, norms, and behaviors is known as:
    • A. 

      Subculture

    • B. 

      Counterculture

    • C. 

      Nonmaterial or symbolic culture

    • D. 

      Material culture

  • 21. 
    Everything in our constructed environment, including technology, buildings, furniture, clothing, and books, is part of:
    • A. 

      Subculture

    • B. 

      Counterculture

    • C. 

      Nonmaterial or symbolic culture

    • D. 

      Material culture

  • 22. 
    Slang terms such as LOL, ROFL, and BRB are examples of:
    • A. 

      Nonmaterial culture

    • B. 

      Material culture

    • C. 

      Cultural concepts

    • D. 

      Social norms

  • 23. 
    According to ___________, the language we speak directly influences and reflects the way we think about and see the world.
    • A. 

      The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis

    • B. 

      The high-low culture debate

    • C. 

      Marxist ideology

    • D. 

      The Law of Averages

  • 24. 
    A type of nonmaterial culture known as ____________ is a system of concepts and relationships sometimes used to understand cause and effect.
    • A. 

      High art

    • B. 

      Ideology

    • C. 

      Cultural relativism

    • D. 

      Ethnocentrism

  • 25. 
    Galileo’s discovery that the earth revolved around the sun rather than standing at the center of the universe is an example of:
    • A. 

      Cultural relativism

    • B. 

      Emoticons

    • C. 

      The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis

    • D. 

      A disproved ideology