Sociology 05 Socialization MCQ


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It was a school day, and Adriana, who was just entering eighth grade, woke up at 6:15 a.m. Before she got out of bed, she sent three text messages. One was to Jenn, who last year had moved five states away to a different time zone. Even though they now lived far apart, the two friends texted on and off every day. Now Adriana wanted to tell Jenn that she liked the new boots in the photo that Jenn had posted on a social media site last night.

Throughout the day, Adriana used her smart phone to send fifty more texts, but she made no phone calls. She even texted her mother in the next room when she had a question about her homework. She kept in close electronic contact with all of her friends on a daily basis. In fact, when she wasn't doing homework or attending class, she was chatting and laughing with her friends via texts, tweets, and social media websites. Her smart phone was her main source of social interaction.

We can consider Adriana a typical teenager in the digital age—she constantly communicates with a large group of people who are not confined to one geographical area. This is definitely one of the benefits of new forms of communication: it is cheap and easy, and you can keep in touch with everyone at the same time. However, with these new forms of communication come new forms of societal interaction.

As we connect with each other more and more in an online environment, we make less time to interact in person. So the obvious question is this: are these forms of communication good developments in terms of social interaction? Or, if there are negative effects, what will they be? As we shall see, our reliance on electronic communication does have consequences. Beyond popularizing new forms of communication, it also alters the traditional ways in which we deal with conflict, the way we view ourselves in relationship to our surroundings, and the ways in which we understand social status.


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Question: Chris Langan's story illustrates that:


children raised in one-parent households tend to have higher IQs.

intelligence is more important than socialization.

socialization can be more important than intelligence.

neither socialization nor intelligence affects college admissions.

Question: How do schools prepare children to one day enter the workforce?


With a standardized curriculum

Through the hidden curriculum

By socializing them in teamwork

All of the above

Question: How did nearly complete isolation as a child affect Danielle's verbal abilities?


She could not communicate at all.

She never learned words, but she did learn signs.

She could not understand much, but she could use gestures.

She could understand and use basic language like "yes" and "no."

Question: The Harlows' study on rhesus monkeys showed that:


rhesus monkeys raised by other primate species are poorly socialized

monkeys can be adequately socialized by imitating humans

food is more important than social comfort

social comfort is more important than food

Question: From a sociological perspective, which factor does not greatly influence a person's socialization?




Blood type


Question: What is one way to distinguish between psychology and sociology?


Psychology focuses on the mind, while sociology focuses on society.

Psychologists are interested in mental health, while sociologists are interested in societal functions.

Psychologists look inward to understand behavior while sociologists look outward.

All of the above

Question: What occurs in Lawrence Kohlberg's conventional level?


Children develop the ability to have abstract thoughts.

Morality is developed by pain and pleasure.

Children begin to consider what society considers moral and immoral.

Parental beliefs have no influence on children's morality.

Question: Why do sociologists need to be careful when drawing conclusions from twin studies?


The results do not apply to singletons.

The twins were often raised in different ways.

The twins may turn out to actually be fraternal.

The sample sizes are often small.

Question: What did Carol Gilligan believe earlier researchers into morality had overlooked?


The justice perspective

Sympathetic reactions to moral situations

The perspective of females

How social environment affects how morality develops

Question: Why are wealthy parents more likely than poor parents to socialize their children toward creativity and problem solving?


Wealthy parents are socializing their children toward the skills of white-collar employment.

Wealthy parents are not concerned about their children rebelling against their rules.

Wealthy parents never engage in repetitive tasks.

Wealthy parents are more concerned with money than with a good education.

Question: Socialization, as a sociological term, describes:


how people interact during social situations

how people learn societal norms, beliefs, and values

a person's internal mental state when in a group setting

the difference between introverts and extroverts

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