Robert K. Merton: Theories and Functionalism


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Identify the type of sociologist Robert Merton was.

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1. _____ functions in a social structure are intended and obvious.

2. _____ functions in a social structure are unintended and not blatantly obvious.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking a look at how this sociologist viewed the entire organism of society, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of Robert K. Merton's sociological theories. Topics you'll find on the quiz include the type of sociologist that Merton was and the intended and obvious functions of a social structure.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Intended functions of a social structure
  • Unintended functions of a social structure
  • What disrupts the social structure
  • Manifest function of a university

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the social structure and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as latent and manifest functions
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Robert K. Merton

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson titled Robert K. Merton: Theories and Functionalism. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand who Robert K. Merton was
  • Identify his role to the functional perspective of society
  • Describe the difference between a latent function and a manifest function
  • Explain when a society can start to suffer from a dysfunction
  • Appreciate why gangs within prisons need to be addressed