Sociology Interactive Quiz #1

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Sociology Quiz #1: The Sociological Imagination

1. Which of the following is the BEST example of something that sociologists might study? - How wireless technology has enabled people in developing countries to communicate beyond their local communities.

2. Anything that humans create or take notice of, that exerts influence or pressure on their behavior is termed a social force .

Which of these is the BEST application of the concept, "sociological imagination"? - understanding the technology of cellular phones

The sociologist who first identified "social facts" as the subject of sociology was Emile Durkheim .

Things like norms for using cell phones, the cost of education, types of jobs that are the most available, and the fact that English is the dominant language spoken in the U.S. may seem very different from each other. But one thing they have in common is that Durkheim would consider all of them social facts.

Peter Berger describes the "miracle of love" as being "somewhat synthetic." What does he mean by this? - The process of finding a romantic partner is largely directed by social forces, as opposed to being purely individualistic.

Which sociologist was the first to make the distinction between troubles and issues? C. Wright Mills

A trouble
is caused by a person's personal difficulties or shortcomings.

Mills called the ability to see the connection between personal circumstances and the social and historical context, or outside forces, the sociological imagination.

Which of the following BEST describes the relationship between the individual and society? Individual troubles occur within and shaped by a particular historical and social context.

The transition from muscle-driven, labor-intensive systems of production to mechanization and the use of power sources such as coal and water is called the Industrial Revolution.

The period of rapid industrialization and colonial expansion that followed the Industrial Revolution is...
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