The Sociological Perspective: Question Paper

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In this revision of the test bank, I have updated all of the questions to reflect changes in Sociology, 14th edition. There is also a new system for identifying the difficulty of the questions. In earlier editions, the questions were tagged in one of three ways: factual (recall of factual material), conceptual (understanding key concepts), and applied (application of sociological knowledge to a situation). In this revision, the questions are now tagged according to the six levels of learning that help organize the text. Think of these six levels as moving from lower-level to higher-level cognitive reasoning. The six levels are:

REMEMBER: a question involving recall of key terms or factual material UNDERSTAND: a question testing comprehension of more complex ideas APPLY: a question applying sociological knowledge to some new situation ANALYZE: a question requiring identifying elements of an argument and their interrelationship EVALUATE: a question requiring critical assessment

CREATE: a question requiring the generation of new ideas

The 176 questions in this chapter’s test bank are divided into four types of questions. True/False questions are the least demanding. As the table below shows, two-thirds of these questions are “Remember” questions and all questions fall within the lowest three levels of cognitive reasoning (Remember, Understand, and Apply). Multiple-choice questions span a broader range of skills (almost half are “Remember” questions and the remainder are divided among four higher levels.) Short answer questions also span a broad range of skills (from “Understand” to “Evaluate”). Finally, essay questions are the most demanding because they include the four highest levels of cognitive reasoning (from “Apply” to “Create”).

Types of Questions
Easy to Difficult Level of Difficulty
| |True/False |Mult Choice |Short Answer |Essay |Total Qs | |Remember |33 (66%) |44 (44%) |0 |0 |77 | |Understand |11 (22%) |21 (21%) |6 (37.5%) |0 |38 | |Apply |6 (12%) |14 (14%) |2 (12.5%) |2 (20%) |24 | |Analyze |0 |16 (16%) |6 (37.5%) |3 (30%) |25 | |Evaluate |0 |5 (5%) |2 (12.5%) |2 (20%) |9 | |Create |0 |0 |0 |3 (30%) |3 | | |50 |100 |16 |10 |176 |

CHAPTER 1: THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

TRUE/FALSE QUESTIONS

1.According to sociologists, human behavior reflects our personal “free will.” (REMEMBER; answer: F; page 2)

2.Sociology is defined as the systematic study of human society. (REMEMBER; answer: T; page 2)

3.Sociologists focus only on unusual patterns of behavior.
(REMEMBER; answer: F; pages 2-3)

4.Using the sociological perspective, we would conclude that people’s lives are mostly a result of what they decide to do. (APPLY; answer: F; pages 2-4)

5.College students in the U.S. tend to come from families with above-average incomes. (REMEMBER; answer: T; page 4)

6.Durkheim documented that categories of people with weaker social ties have lower suicide rates. (REMEMBER; answer: F; page 5)

7.In the United States, African Americans have a higher suicide rate than whites. (REMEMBER; answer: F; page 5)

8.People with lower social standing are usually more likely to see the world from a...
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