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Sociology Practice Test

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Sociology Practice Test

This is a quiz based on the Essentials of Sociology Eighth Edition by James M. Henslin.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Social Stratification is...
    • A. 

      A process in which people are divided into groups reflecting their relative wealth, and prestige

    • B. 

      A system in which people are divided into layers reflecting their relative wealth (property), power, and prestige

    • C. 

      A process in which the government divides people into layers according to their financial need

    • D. 

      A system in which the more superior class of persons oppresses those of a lower class

  • 2. 
    One way to maintain global stratification is...
    • A. 

      Colonization

    • B. 

      Colonialism

    • C. 

      Asking

    • D. 

      Neocolonialism

  • 3. 
    North America has a capitalist economy, with 16% of the population and 31% of the land. North America is an example of a(n)
    • A. 

      Most industrialized nation

    • B. 

      Least industrialized nation

    • C. 

      Industrializing nation

    • D. 

      Greedy nation

  • 4. 
    Which is an example of social mobility?
    • A. 

      Structural and exchange

    • B. 

      Intergenerational

    • C. 

      Intragenerational

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    Which of these groups is poor?
    • A. 

      Children

    • B. 

      African-Americans

    • C. 

      Caucasians

    • D. 

      Male head of Household

  • 6. 
    Which of the following choices is a proposed explanation as to why people are poor?
    • A. 

      All choices below

    • B. 

      It's the poor peoples fault

    • C. 

      Loss of jobs

    • D. 

      It's society's fault

  • 7. 
    What is the definition of an ethnic group?
    • A. 

      Inherited biological traits

    • B. 

      Shared distinctive identity

    • C. 

      Shared cultural traits

    • D. 

      A minority treated unequally by a dominant group

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      Workers divided by a racial or ethnic line

    • B. 

      All choices

    • C. 

      Cliques in high school

    • D. 

      Membership in a fraternity

  • 9. 
    There are several different types of race and ethnicity in the United States. Among them are Native Americans, African-Americans, and White Ethnic Americans. Which class of race/ethnicity includes the Scots and the Welsh and is approximately 1/5 of the U.S. population? Hint: Abbreviated WASP
  • 10. 
    Gender is defined as...
    • A. 

      Attitudes and behaviors considered appropriate for females and males

    • B. 

      Social characteristics considered proper for females and males

    • C. 

      Negative stereotypes because of people and their age

    • D. 

      Biological characteristics which distinguishes males and females

  • 11. 
  • 12. 
    What is the "Graying" America?