Social Science

Question 20

1. A Chinese man recalls “As a boy, I did not know what a god looked like, but I knew that Mao was the god of our lives. When I was six, I accidentally broke a large porcelain Mao badge. Fear gripped me. In my life until that moment, the breaking of the badge seemed the worst thing I had ever done. Desperate to hide my crime, I took the pieces and threw them down a public toilet. For months I felt guilty.” This guilt is a sign that this boy had

a. broken no rules.
b. internalized the expectations of the larger society.
c. no rights.
d. successfully hidden his crime.

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Question 21

1. ___________ seek to understand the experience of inequality – how it is communicated and how that inequality is conveyed.

a. Modernization theorists
b. Functionalists
c. Conflict theorists
d. Symbolic interactionists

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Question 22

1. When there are not enough legitimate opportunities open to satisfy all who seek to achieve valued goals, ___________ exists.

a. structural strain
b. differential association
c. conformity
d. a disciplinary society

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Question 23

1. The Panopticon is a metaphor for what Foucault calls

a. a culture of spectacle.
b. the disciplinary society.
c. a prison industrial complex.
d. a carceral culture.

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Question 24

1. A social arrangement that normalizes surveillance, making it expected and routine is known as a

a. prison industrial complex.
b. culture of spectacle.
c. disciplinary society.
d. constructionist society.

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Question 25

1. The ACLU wrote that, “our every move, our every transaction, our every communication is recorded, compiled and stored away, ready to be used against us.” The ACLU was referring to

a. surveillance.
b. witch hunts.
c. the prison industrial complex.
d. censorship.

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Question 26

1. The question “What does it mean to live in a society organized around surveillance but where personal privacy is protected by the constitution?” captures the dynamics of

a. conformity
b. obedience to authority
c. structural strain
d. rebellion

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Question 27

1. While the research on payday loans is limited, existing data suggests that

a. they keep people out of debt.
b. most, if not all borrowers, repay the loan in full when it comes due.
c. interest rates are competitive with those on credit cards.
d. a large fraction of payday loans customers roll over their principal multiple times.

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Question 28

1. Barbara Ehrenreich studied inequality in everyday life as it is experienced by working in jobs that paid $8.00 or less. Ehrenreich’s approach is one that a ___________ would take.

a. conflict theorist
b. symbolic interactionist
c. modernization theorist
d. functionalist

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Question 29

1. When people believe someone is watching, they may censor or police themselves or find ways to avoid the “gaze”. Their dynamic applies to

a. labeling theory.
b. disciplinary society.
c. obedience to authority.
d. structural strain.

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Question 30

1. What does it mean to live in a society where people are told that they can be anything they want if they work hard enough? The questions relates to the concept of

a. obedience to authority.
b. labeling theory.
c. structural strain.
d. social construction of reality.

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Question 31

1. In 2012 and 2013 Blockbuster Video closed 800 stores, leaving 500 in place of the 9,000 that once existed. Redbox DVD and Netflix offered products that made Blockbuster obsolete. This is an example of

a. creative destruction.
b. embodied cultural capital.
c. social mobility.
d. economic growth.

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Question 32

1. Poor people purchase goods and services that would otherwise go unused, such as day-old bread, used cars, and second-hand clothes. Such purchases speak to

a. functional uniqueness.
b. status consciousness.
c. the functions of poverty.
d. comparable worth.

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Question 33

1. In the U.S. surgeons earn a median salary of $365,885, which puts them at the ________ of all income.

a. bottom 20 percent
b. top 20 percent
c. middle 20 percent
d. top 40 percent

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Question 34

1. _____ are essential to the well-being of a group.

a. Censorship
b. Mores
c. Norms
d. Folkways

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Question 35

1. People that violate _________ experience reactions that include of frowns or remarks of disapproval.

a. folkways
b. sanctions
c. mores
d. norms

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Question 36

1. Jeremy wore barrettes to nursery school. One day, a boy repeatedly told Jeremy that “only girls wear barrettes.” The incident shows how __________ work as mechanisms of social control.

a. formal positive sanctions
b. informal positive sanctions
c. informal negative sanctions
d. formal negative sanctions

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Question 37

1. Comparable worth means

a. male and female dominated occupations should be valued equally.
b. that when men and women work in the same firms in the same occupation, they must not be paid differently.
c. that when occupational categories are agreed to be equivalently valuable within a firm, the compensation must be equivalent across those categories.
d. men and women can be paid differently, even if they are in the same occupation.

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Question 38

1. Kai Erikson wrote, “The critical variable in the study of deviance, then, is the social audience rather than the individual actor since the social audience decides whether or not a behavior is deviant.” This statement best corresponds with which theory of deviance?

a. differential association
b. constructionist
c. labeling theory
d. structural strain theory

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Question 39

1. Reseachers Michael L. Radelet and Adam Bedau reviewed more than 800 cases of innocent people being convicted of capital crimes, and they found that 56 had

a. no jury trial.
b. admitted guilt.
c. made false confessions.
d. had received early parole.

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Question 40

1. Ming finds that she is struggling in reading. She and everyone around her tell her that she needs to “practice, practice, practice” and she will succeed. The backdrop to Ming’s struggles is a matter of

a. context.
b. chance.
c. choice.
d. fate.

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Question 41

1. The shared life style of a _________ may revolve around leisure activities, diet, friendships, and even amount of time dedicated to sleep.

a. status group
b. secondary group
c. master status
d. political party

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Question 42

1. Sociologists use the term esteem to mean

a. the social value assigned to a status.
b. the level of respect or admiration for a status apart from any person who happens to occupy it.
c. the reputation that someone has earned.
d. the amount of wealth associated with a status.

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Question 43

1. Class systems of stratification are characterized as

a. closed.
b. rigid.
c. restricted.
d. fluid.

1 points   

Question 44

1. What sociological concept addresses the question, “what does it mean to know someone is or could be watching you at any time?”

a. disciplinary society.
b. labeling theory.
c. obedience to authority.
d. structural strain.

1 points   

Question 45

1. People who violate ______ are usually punished severely; they are ostracized, institutionalized, and sometimes even executed.

a. mechanisms of social control
b. rituals
c. folkways
d. mores

1 points   

Question 46

1. In analyzing social inequality functionalists ask

a. who benefits from social stratification and at whose expense?
b. how do people of different social statuses interact?
c. why does social inequality exist?
d. why do the disadvantaged lack the work ethic needed to advance?

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Question 47

1. Prison populations include pure deviants and

a. the falsely accused.
b. secret deviants.
c. ritualists.
d. conformists.

1 points   

Question 48

1. Which one of the following statements best illustrates how sociologists think about an infant’s chances to “succeed” in life?

a. Success is a certainty for babies born in high-income households.
b. Success looks “bleak” for infants born in low-income households.
c. Success looks “bleak” for infants born in single parent households.
d. Infants born into high-income households have fewer constraints to overcome.

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Question 49

1. A situation in which valued resources and desired outcomes are distributed in such a way that people have unequal amounts and/or access to them is known as

a. the social lottery.
b. social equality.
c. social inequality.
d. life chances.

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Question 50

1. In a study that involved showing respondents 3 hypothetical distributions of wealth, most people believed the top 20 percent should have __________ percent of all wealth.

a. 36
b. 10
c. 84
d. 20

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