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Introduction to Sociology: The Basics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. In sociology, ''theories'' are attempts to explain why _____ choose to perform certain actions and how _____ function or change in a certain way.

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Question 2 2. Choose the sociological theory that views society as a system of groups that are not equal, with these groups consistently generating conflict and change.

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Question 3 3. Sociologist often study _____. This includes the structures that influence daily life, such as religious groups, schools, political organizations and families.

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Question 4 4. We can study how ancient cultures compare to modern cultures because of this sub-field of anthropology.

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Question 5 5. One way to reframe the big social/political change that occurred when our society changed from one of lords versus peasants, to one of rights and representation, is to say we shifted away from a _____ society.

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Question 6 6. Comte's positivism approach, which is the belief that societies have their own scientific principles and laws, is representative of which of his three stages of society?

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Question 7 7. When did both the American and French Revolutionary wars have a large impact on theoretical development within the early stages of sociology as a field?

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Question 8 8. Macionis identified four ways that sociology can help personal growth. Which of the following is NOT one of the four ways he identified?

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Question 9 9. Historically, manufacturing changed from being done in small-scale shops to large, industrialized factories. Analyze the reason why sociologists are interested in this scenario.

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Question 10 10. The field of sociology first developed due to three major changes in European societies in the 18th and 19th centuries. What were these three major changes?

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Question 11 11. Select the answer that contains the original meaning of the word 'manufacturing.'

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Question 12 12. Dr. Sondheim believes that all mental illness is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, and thus the only effective treatment is medication. Which stage of society most fits with Dr. Sondheim's view of mental illness?

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Question 13 13. Jorge's town is hit by a tornado, and he believes it is because the god of weather is upset at the villagers. Which stage of society most fits Jorge's view of this event?

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Question 14 14. Comte believed in approaching the study of sociology through a perspective called 'positivism.' Which statement below best defines Comte's concept of 'positivism'?

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Question 15 15. Which set of terms below correctly identifies Comte's three stages of society, in chronological order from earliest to latest?

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Question 16 16. Which famous theorist actually coined the term sociology in 1838?

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Question 17 17. Which of the major perspectives in sociology is most likely to examine social problems such as political arguments between the rich and the poor?

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Question 18 18. A recent news item mentions a study showing that though more women than men go to college, men are still more likely to earn doctoral degrees than women. Which theoretical perspective in sociology would be most likely to address an issue such as this one?

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Question 19 19. A study investigating the best way for a local school to work with the local city council, with both entities working toward the common goal of an educated population, would most likely be approached from the _____.

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Question 20 20. Why are theories important in social sciences?

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Question 21 21. You are designing a study examining whether different local pronunciations of words change the way people interpret the meaning behind those words. Which sociological theory would you be concerned with?

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Question 22 22. All of the following questions are considered appropriate for the field of sociology to study, EXCEPT:

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Question 23 23. People who have a career directly helping to improve people's lives using sociological concepts are _____.

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Question 24 24. A major structure, made up of groups or ideas that influence people's daily lives, views of the world, or integration into society, is called a _____.

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Question 25 25. Sociology is defined as _____.

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Question 26 26. Which of the general groups below would be considered a 'social institution' by most sociologists?

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Introduction to Sociology: The Basics Chapter Exam Instructions

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