The Sociological Imagination Multiple-Choice Questions



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True/False Questions


  1. The mobile phone has made communication easier, but has changed little about the way people relate to one another.

ANS: False





  1. The power of social facts is evident only when people resist them.

ANS: True





  1. The quality of mind that allows people to see how remote and impersonal social forces shape their life story or biography is known as sympathetic knowledge.

ANS: False





  1. Sociologists study rates (of marriage, mobile phone ownership, savings, etc) to understand the social pressures forcing people to behave or think in certain ways.

ANS: True ; study guide





  1. Sociologists maintain that love is a violent, irresistible emotion that strikes someone at random.

ANS: False




  1. Sociologists view the emotion of love as irrelevant in explaining why people marry.

ANS: False




  1. From a sociological perspective, high unemployment can be solved by changing the negative attitudes of the unemployed.

ANS: False SOURCE : study guide





  1. From a sociological perspective, the obesity rate in the United States is directly tied to individual motivation and desire to lose weight.

ANS: False





  1. Sociologist C. Wright Mills argues that most people cannot or do not want to see how their successes connect to others’ failures.

ANS: True





  1. Issues can only be resolved by addressing the social forces that created them.

ANS: True





  1. The connection between troubles and issues is evident when a seemingly personal problem would not exist if the person lived in another time in history or another place in the world.

ANS: True ; study guide





  1. Industrialization changed the nature of work, but little else.

ANS: False





  1. The most fundamental feature of industrialization was mechanization.

ANS: True





  1. The changes triggered by the Industrial Revolution are incalculable.

ANS: True





  1. Sociology emerged as an effort to understand the immeasurable effects of the Industrial Revolution on human life across the globe.

ANS: True





  1. Emile Durkheim invented the term sociology.

ANS: False





  1. The forces that cause societies to change are known as social dynamics

ANS: False





  1. In a capitalist system, the search for profit drives global expansion.

ANS: True





  1. For Marx, conflict prevents social change.

ANS: False





  1. In analyzing suicide rates, Durkheim emphasized the personal situation of the victim.

ANS: False





  1. Durkheim was able to describe a central emotional quality common to all suicides.

ANS: False




  1. Max Weber was preoccupied with the “strange meaning of being black” in America.

ANS: False





  1. Max Weber maintained that the sociologist’s task was to study social action.

ANS: True




  1. DuBois believed that the problem of the twentieth century was the problem of the color line.

ANS: True





  1. DuBois’ preoccupation with the “strange meaning of being black” was no doubt affected by the fact that he was of French, African, and Dutch descent.

ANS: True





  1. Globalization is a relatively new phenomenon, which can be traced to the 1990s.

ANS: False





  1. Globalization only has economic implications.

ANS: False





  1. The characteristic that distinguishes sociology from other disciplines is the perspective sociologists employ in studying any topic.

ANS: True





  1. An understanding of the sociological perspective offers few ‘real world’ benefits.

ANS: False





  1. A degree in sociology leads to very few career tracks.

ANS: False







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