Sociology 12 Gender, Sex, and Sexuality MCQ

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Two photographs depict people holding signs at a rally in protest of the death of Trayvon Martin.  An African American woman in the photograph on the left holds a sign with the text 'one million hoodie march for Trayvon Martin,' in one hand, and a bag of skittles in the other.  A young African American girl in the photograph on the right holds a sign with the text 'My mother taught me that just like that bag of skittles, all colors should be able to co-exist!!'
Do you think race played a role in Trayvon Martin’s death or in the public reaction to it? Do you think race had any influence on the initial decision not to arrest George Zimmerman, or on his later acquittal? (Photo courtesy of Ryan Vaarsi/flickr)

Trayvon Martin was a seventeen-year-old black teenager. On the evening of February 26, 2012, he was visiting with his father and his father’s fiancée in the Sanford, Florida multi-ethnic gated community where his father's fiancée lived. Trayvon left her home on foot to buy a snack from a nearby convenience store. As he was returning, George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic male and the community’s neighborhood watch program coordinator, noticed him. In light of a recent rash of break-ins, Zimmerman called the police to report a person acting suspiciously, which he had done on many other occasions. The 911 operator told Zimmerman not to follow the teen, but soon after Zimmerman and Martin had a physical confrontation. According to Zimmerman, Martin attacked him, and in the ensuing scuffle Martin was shot and killed (CNN Library 2014).

A public outcry followed Martin’s death. There were allegations of racial profiling    —the use by law enforcement of race alone to determine whether to stop and detain someone—a national discussion about “Stand Your Ground Laws,” and a failed lawsuit in which Zimmerman accused NBC of airing an edited version of the 911 call that made him appear racist. Zimmerman was not arrested until April 11, when he was charged with second-degree murder by special prosecutor Angela Corey. In the ensuing trial, he was found not guilty (CNN Library 2014).

The shooting, the public response, and the trial that followed offer a snapshot of the sociology of race. Do you think race played a role in Martin’s death or in the public reaction to it? Do you think race had any influence on the initial decision not to arrest Zimmerman, or on his later acquittal? Does society fear black men, leading to racial profiling at an institutional level? What about the role of the media? Was there a deliberate attempt to manipulate public opinion? If you were a member of the jury, would you have convicted George Zimmerman?


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Question: Which of the following is the best example of a gender stereotype?

Choices:

Women are typically shorter than men.

Men do not live as long as women.

Women tend to be overly emotional, while men tend to be levelheaded.

Men hold more high-earning, leadership jobs than women.

Question: Only women are affected by gender stratification.

Choices:

True

False

Question: A person who is biologically female but identifies with the male gender and has undergone surgery to alter her body is considered _______.

Choices:

transgendered

transsexual

a cross-dresser

homosexual

Question: Which of the following is the best example of the role peers play as an agent of socialization for school-aged children?

Choices:

Children can act however they wish around their peers because children are unaware of gender roles.

Peers serve as a support system for children who wish to act outside of their assigned gender roles.

Peers tend to reinforce gender roles by criticizing and marginalizing those who behave outside of their assigned roles.

None of the above

Question: According to the symbolic interactionist perspective, we "do gender":

Choices:

during half of our activities

only when they apply to our biological sex

only if we are actively following gender roles

all of the time, in everything we do

Question: _______ is/are an individual's self-conception of being male or female based on his or her association with masculine or feminine gender roles.

Choices:

Gender identity

Gender bias

Sexual orientation

Sexual attitudes

Question: The terms "masculine" and "feminine" refer to a person's _________.

Choices:

sex

gender

both sex and gender

none of the above

Question: Research indicates that individuals are aware of their sexual orientation _______.

Choices:

at infancy

in early adolescence

in early adulthood

in late adulthood

Question: To which theoretical perspective does the following statement most likely apply: Women continue to assume the responsibility in the household along with a paid occupation because it keeps the household running smoothly, i.e., at a state of balance?

Choices:

Conflict theory

Functionalism

Feminist theory

Symbolic interactionism

Question: Which of following is correct regarding the explanation for transgenderism?

Choices:

It is strictly biological and associated with chemical imbalances in the brain.

It is a behavior that is learned through socializing with other transgendered individuals.

It is genetic and usually skips one generation.

Currently, there is no definitive explanation for transgenderism.

Question: What Western country is thought to be the most liberal in its attitudes toward sex?

Choices:

United States

Sweden

Mexico

Ireland

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