Sociological Research Practice Quiz

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Sociological Research Practice Quiz


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  • 1. 
    A measurement is considered ______ if it actually measures what it is intended to measure, according to the topic of the study.
    • A. 

      Reliable

    • B. 

      Sociological

    • C. 

      Valid

    • D. 

      Quantitative

  • 2. 
    Which statement illustrates value neutrality?
    • A. 

      Obesity in children is obviously a result of parental neglect and, therefore, schools should take a greater role to prevent it

    • B. 

      In 2003, states like Arkansas adopted laws requiring elementary schools to remove soft drink vending machines from schools

    • C. 

      Merely restricting children’s access to junk food at school is not enough to prevent obesity

    • D. 

      Physical activity and healthy eating are a fundamental part of a child’s education

  • 3. 
    Which statement provides the best operational definition of “childhood obesity”?
    • A. 

      Children who eat unhealthy foods and spend too much time watching television and playing video games

    • B. 

      A distressing trend that can lead to health issues including type 2 diabetes and heart disease

    • C. 

      Body weight at least 20% higher than a healthy weight for a child of that height

    • D. 

      The tendency of children today to weigh more than children of earlier generations

  • 4. 
    Which research approach is best suited to the scientific method?
    • A. 

      Questionnaire

    • B. 

      Case study

    • C. 

      Ethnography

    • D. 

      Secondary data analysis

  • 5. 
    What research method did John S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd mainly use in their Middletown study?
    • A. 

      Secondary data

    • B. 

      Survey

    • C. 

      Participant observation

    • D. 

      Experiment

  • 6. 
    The main difference between ethnography and other types of participant observation is:
    • A. 

      Ethnography isn’t based on hypothesis testing

    • B. 

      Ethnography subjects are unaware they’re being studied

    • C. 

      Ethnographic studies always involve minority ethnic groups

    • D. 

      There is no difference

  • 7. 
    Which person or organization defined the concept of value neutrality?
    • A. 

      Institutional Review Board (IRB)

    • B. 

      Peter Rossi

    • C. 

      American Sociological Association (ASA)

    • D. 

      Max Weber

  • 8. 
    Which best describes the results of a case study?
    • A. 

      It produces more reliable results than other methods because of its depth

    • B. 

      Its results are not generally applicable

    • C. 

      It relies solely on secondary data analysis

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    Sociological studies test relationships in which change in one ______ causes change in another.
    • A. 

      Test subject

    • B. 

      Behavior

    • C. 

      Variable

    • D. 

      Operational definition

  • 10. 
    Which materials are considered secondary data?
    • A. 

      Photos and letters given to you by another person

    • B. 

      Books and articles written by other authors about their studies

    • C. 

      Information that you have gathered and now have included in your results

    • D. 

      Responses from participants whom you both surveyed and interviewed

  • 11. 
    Using secondary data is considered an unobtrusive or ________ research method.
    • A. 

      Non-reactive

    • B. 

      Non-participatory

    • C. 

      Non-restrictive

    • D. 

      Non-confrontive

  • 12. 
    What method did researchers John Mihelich and John Papineau use to study Parrotheads?
    • A. 

      Survey

    • B. 

      Experiment

    • C. 

      Ethnography

    • D. 

      Case study

  • 13. 
    To study the effects of fast food on lifestyle, health, and culture, from which group would a researcher ethically be unable to accept funding?
    • A. 

      A fast-food restaurant

    • B. 

      A nonprofit health organization

    • C. 

      A private hospital

    • D. 

      A governmental agency like Health and Social Services

  • 14. 
    In a study, a group of 10-year-old boys are fed doughnuts every morning for a week and then weighed to see how much weight they gained. Which factor is the dependent variable?
    • A. 

      The doughnuts

    • B. 

      The boys

    • C. 

      The duration of a week

    • D. 

      The weight gained

  • 15. 
    Why is choosing a random sample an effective way to select participants?
    • A. 

      Participants do not know they are part of a study

    • B. 

      The researcher has no control over who is in the study

    • C. 

      It is larger than an ordinary sample

    • D. 

      Everyone has the same chance of being part of the study

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