Sociology

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  • 1
    What might a sociologist say about people's selection of marriage partners?
    People marry because they fall in love.
    When it comes to love, opposites attract.
    Typically, a person marries someone of similar social position.
    When it comes to romance, it’s all a matter of personal taste.
  • 2
    Three campus roommates are talking about why they are in university. A sociological view of going to university highlights the effect of:
    Our place in history, because a century ago going to college was not an option for most people.
    Age, because college students tend to be young.
    All of the above are correct.
    Class, because college students tend to come from families with above-average incomes.
  • 3
    According to Emile Durkheim, a category of people with a higher suicide rate typically has:
    Greater self-esteem.
    Less money, power, and other resources.
    Lower social integration.
    More clinical depression.
  • 4
    Following the thinking of C. Wright Mills, we would have expected the sociological imagination to be more widespread:
    Among the very rich.
    During times of social crisis.
    During times of peace and prosperity.
    Among very religious people
  • 5
    C. Wright Mills claimed that the "sociological imagination" transformed:
    Personal problems into public issues.
    People into supporters of the status quo
    Common sense into laws of society.
    Scientific research into common sense.
  • 6
    Which of the following is a reason that it is important to understand the world beyond our
    own borders?
    Studying other societies is a good way to learn more about ourselves.
    Many problems that we face in Canada are far more serious elsewhere.
    Nations the world over are increasingly interconnected.
    All of the above are correct.
  • 7
    Making use of the sociological perspective encourages:
    The belief that society is mysterious.
    Challenging commonly held beliefs
    Accepting conventional wisdom.
    People to be happier with their lives as they are.
  • 8
    Which of the following historical changes is among the factors that stimulated the development of sociology as a discipline?
    A belief that our futures are defined by "fate"
    The power of tradition
    The rise of industrial factories and cities
    The founding of the Roman Catholic Church
  • 9
    Who said “the medium is the message”?
    Harold Innis
    Dorothy Smith
    John Porter
    Marshal McLuhan
  • 10
    Which theoretical approach was used by early sociologists Auguste Comte and Emile Durkheim?
    None of the above is correct.
    Symbolic-interaction approach
    The social-conflict approach
    The structural-functional approach
  • 11
    Identify the three sociologists who played a part in the development of sociology’s structural-functional approach.
    Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim
    Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, W.E.B. Du Bois
    Harriet Martineau, Robert Merton, W.E.B. Du Bois
    Herbert Spencer, Karl Marx, Auguste Comte
  • 12
    Who was the sociologist who distinguished between the manifest functions and the latent functions of social patterns?
    Talcott Parsons
    Robert K. Merton
    William Graham Sumner
    C. Wright Mills
  • 13
    Which of the following is an accurate criticism of the structural-functional approach?
    It ignores inequality that can generate tension and conflict.
    It focuses too much on power divisions in society
    It is a politically liberal view of society.
    It focuses too much on social dysfunction
  • 14
    Using the social-conflict approach, a sociologist might highlight which of the
    following?
    All of the above are correct.
    Gender inequality in college sports
    Income differences among young people in high school
    Racial inequality in a company’s hiring and promotion practices
  • 15
    The social-conflict approach sometimes receives criticism for:
    All of the above are correct.
    Focusing on values that everyone shares.
    Being openly political.
    Promoting the status quo.
  • 16
    Science can be defined as:
    Belief based on a society’s traditions
    A logical system that bases truth on political goals
    A logical system that bases knowledge on direct, systematic observation.
    Belief based on faith in ultimate truth
  • 17
    Interpretive sociology is sociology that:
    Focuses on action
    Focuses on action and focuses on the meaning people attach to behavior.
    Seeks to bring about change.
    Focuses on the meaning people attach to behavior.
    An objective reality "out there."
  • 18
    Which of the following statements about critical (conflict) sociology is true?
    Critical sociology seeks to bring about desirable social change
    Critical sociology focuses on the meaning people attach to behavior.
    All of the above are correct
    Critical sociology endorses the principle of being value-free.
  • 19
    The birth of the discipline of sociology took place during the development of which type of society?
    Agrarian
    Pastoral
    Horticultural
    Industrial
  • 20
    Industrialization changes societies in many ways. All of the following except for one are changes brought on by industrialization. Which is NOT such a change?
    The rate of social change increases.
    A larger share of a society’s people live in cities.
    Advances in communication and transportation make society seem smaller.
    There are fewer types of jobs and fewer people now work for income.
  • 21
    Karl Marx believed that the industrial-capitalist system was:
    Concentrating wealth in the hands of a few.
    Very productive
    Giving rise to two great classes: capitalists and proletarians
    All of the above are correct.
  • 22
    Karl Marx argued that the dominant social institution is:
    The family.
    Politics.
    The economy.
    Religion.
  • 23
    As the suffering of workers became worse, Marx predicted that they would:
    Demand that women as well as men join the labor force.
    Eventually starve to death.
    Go into business for themselves.
    Rise up against the capitalist system.
  • 24
    Which of the following is involved when a plant supervisor wishes to be a good friend and confidant to the workers but must remain distant to rate the workers’ performances?
    Role strain
    Role set
    Role exit
    Role ambiguity
  • 25
    Garfinkel’s research, called ethno methodology, involves:
    The study of interaction in terms of theatrical performance
    Tracking people’s roles over the life course.
    Studying unfamiliar cultural systems.
    Studying the way people make sense of their everyday surroundings.
  • 26
    The study of social interaction in terms of theatrical performance is referred to as:
    The social construction of reality.
    The Thomas theorem.
    Ethno methodology.
    Dramaturgical analysis.
  • 27
    What does the term "presentation of self" mean?
    Interaction that is highly formal
    Being very self-conscious
    Trying to take attention away from others
    Efforts to create impressions in the minds of others
  • 28
    According to Erving Goffman, people usually make efforts to _____ their intentions.
    Idealize
    Reveal
    Hide
    Contradict
  • 29
    Which concept refers to attitudes and activities that a society links to people of each sex?
    Gender roles
    Primary sex characteristics
    Sexual orientation
    Secondary sex characteristics
  • 30
    Where would you look in Canadian schools to find courses in which men outnumber women?
    The sciences
    The fine arts
    Any and all subjects
    The social sciences