Understanding Societies SOC 10002 Exam #1

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Chapter 0: Introduction to sociology 2e

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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.

Sociology is the science – and the art – of understanding social relationships, human behavior, and the society that we live in.

As a comprehensive introduction to the discipline, the goals of this course are to stimulate your fascination with sociology and to encourage you to recognize sociology's practical value, as well as its unique perspective.

Multiple Choice and True/False: Worth 2 points each. Choose the answer that best fits.

Short Answer. Choose 6, worth 5 points each. If you answer more, we will count your best 6.

Essay. Choose 1, worth 30 points.

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Sample Questions from the Understanding Societies SOC 10002 Exam #1 Exam

Question: Adler used ethnographic methods in "Researching Dealers and Smugglers."




Question: The higher one's income, the less likely they are to smoke.




Question: Durkheim would likely cite ______ as what's contributing to higher rates of suicide in more sparsely populated states or among Protestants.


anomic suicide

egoistic suicide

altruistic suicide

fatalistic suicide

Question: Objectivation is the stage in social construction in which we learn supposedly "objective" facts about the categories created in social construction. For example, Heather wears skimpy clothes and lots of make-up because she's a slut.




Question: Adler's sample in the same article would best be described as:


a random sample.

a representative sample.

a snowball sample.

a focus group.

Question: On Sunday I went grocery shopping. It wasn't until I was in the parking lot, loading the groceries in my car, that I realized I had never handed the cashier my case of Diet Coke to scan so I had left without paying for it. My actions weren't deviant because the lacked the element of:





Actually, I had all three elements and was deviant.

Question: According to Chambliss in "The Mundanity of Excellence," excellence in athletics best reflects:


habits and values.

talent and natural ability.

self-confidence and personality.

increased training and motivation.

Question: This exam is harder than I thought it would be.




Question: Which of the following represents a conflict theorist's view on deviance?


Deviance serves a useful purpose by defining boundaries in society.

Deviance can lead to needed change.

The ability to define deviance is closely connected to the power structure.

Both b. & c.

Question: Research shows a significant negative relationship between uncommon, peculiar, and unique names and academic performance, professional achievement and psychological adjustment.




Question: Which of the following chapters in Second Thoughts highlights cultural inconsistency?


"Children Are Our Most Precious Commodity"

"Winning is Everything"

"Beauty is Only Skin Deep"

Only a. & c.

All of the above

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Source:  Collett, Jessica. SOC 10002 - Understanding Societies, Spring 2009. (University of Notre Dame), http://ocw.nd.edu/sociology/understanding-societies (Accessed 22 Apr, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
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