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Chapter 0: Introduction to sociology 2e

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About this book

Welcome to Introduction to Sociology 2e , an OpenStax resource created with several goals in mind: accessibility, affordability, customization, and student engagement—all while encouraging learners toward high levels of learning. Instructors and students alike will find that this textbook offers a strong foundation in sociology. It is available for free online and in low-cost print and e-book editions.

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To the student

This book is written for you and is based on the teaching and research experience of numerous sociologists. In today’s global socially networked world, the topic of sociology is more relevant than ever before. We hope that through this book, you will learn how simple, everyday human actions and interactions can change the world. In this book, you will find applications of sociology concepts that are relevant, current, and balanced.

To the instructor

This text is intended for a one-semester introductory course. Since current events influence our social perspectives and the field of sociology in general, OpenStax encourages instructors to keep this book fresh by sending in your up-to-date examples to so that students and instructors around the country can relate and engage in fruitful discussions.

General approach

Introduction to Sociology 2e adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. Although this text can be modified and reorganized to suit your needs, the standard version is organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences.

Changes to the second edition

Part of the mission of the second edition update was to ensure the research, examples and concepts used in this textbook are current and relevant to today’s student. To this end, we have rewritten the introduction of each chapter to reflect the latest developments in sociology, history and global culture. In addition to new graphs and images, the reader of the second edition will find new feature boxes on a diverse array of topics, which has been one of the goals of the update—bringing the world into greater focus through case studies on global culture.

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Sample Questions from the The Minute Man Hose Load Quiz

Question: Why does shouldering one section of the minute man, aid in the deployment of the hose?


Keeps the hose high off the ground so it does not get snagged.

Allows you to carry other equipment on the other shoulder.

Makes the hose pull easier by carrying less hose.

Gets most of the hose quickly to where it is needed for entry.

Question: When loading the hose in the hose bed, it is typically loaded on the nozzle side of the line, yes or no?




Question: Usually, when you look at the minute man load in the hose bed, the total length of the line is typically split into how many sections?


4 sections

3 Sections

Not split at all

2 sections

Question: The minute man load is typically deployed using 'how many firefighters'?






Question: What is the recommended 'maximum length' of medium size hose for the shoulder load by itself?


Not more than 100ft

Not more than 150ft

Not more than 200ft

Not more than 50ft

Question: What couple of points will help prevent deployment issues when shouldering the load from the apparatus.


Keeping the hose on the right shoulder if you are right handed.

Getting the shoulder turn correct and keeping the hose tight and compact on the shoulder.

Practicing the shoulder turn and wearing your helmet and gloves will help deploy the hose.

Keeping the hose dry and packed neatly into the tray.

Question: The loops in the hose are placed, depending on the following 'main consideration'


The diameter of the hose being used.

The length of the hose pull.

Wether it is a one sided or two sided deploy option.

It does not matter as long as you can pull a loop.

Question: Which of the following statements are true about this hoseload?


Designed only to be used with apparatus with lots of hose bed room.

Is not easily adapted to different types of engine beds or trays.

Can only fit into a wide hose bed tray area.

Can be easily adapted to your hose bed width or depth is.

Question: When you on your own are about to pull the hose, what is one of the most important initial decisions you must make?


Which section to take first, shoulder load or pull loops.

How many loops you should pull.

What shoulder to place the hose on.

If you should use a one man or a two man pull.

Question: What problem would you come across, if you forgot to add the loops when packing the hose in a minute man style?


You would not be able to identify which stack to pull first.

You would have a problem getting your gloved hand into the hose stack to pull it off.

You would not be able to pull any hose of the bed at all by hand.

It will not make any difference to the pulling of the hose, only the shoulder carry section would be difficult.

Question: If the minute man is deployed only using one firefighter, which statement below, referring to shouldering and pulling the hose by hand would be correct?


You would have to shoulder both sections and not pull any.

You would have to pull the first section and allow the second section to deploy on its own.

You would shoulder the first section and pull the second section by hand

You could not shoulder any sections if you are going to pull the hose on your own.

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