A-level Sociology Quiz

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Question 1

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Explain what is meant by ‘Global Culture’.
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  • People in different countries sharing the same norms/values/attitudes/products.
  • People in different countries liking the same type of music, movie, book, fast-food restaurant.
  • People in different countries having the same ethnicity/colour.

Question 2

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Identify two characteristics of folk culture.
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  • Something traditional and authentic.
  • Something exiting and mainstream.
  • Something necessary and associated with pre-industrial societies.

Question 3

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Explain what is meant by the ‘nuclear’ family.
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  • A pseudo-family made up of non-blood related people in the aftermath of a nuclear event.
  • A parent and children.
  • A family known for having aggressive members.

Question 4

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Suggest two functions of poverty.
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  • Supplies criminals to the underworld and increases religious membership.
  • Provides a mechanism of social control and keeps wages down.
  • Reduces the victims of fraudsters and teaches people to be careful with their money.

Question 5

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Suggest two reasons for the fall in the infant mortality rate.
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  • Better knowledge of hygiene/child health issues and better nutrition.
  • Super babies and stronger immune system.
  • Radiation neutralizing bacteria and improved medical knowledge.

Question 6

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Suggest two ways in which an individual’s leisure choices may be affected by their social class.
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  • Financial resources, physical demands of work.
  • Height, hair colour.
  • Car speed, penmanship.

Question 7

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Explain what is meant by the ‘matrifocal family’.
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  • A family with a mattress as the head of family.
  • A family with a mother as the head of family.
  • A family with a father as the head of the family.

Question 8

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Explain what is meant by the ‘medicalisation’ of childbirth.
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  • Treating childbirth as an illness.
  • Treating childbirth as medicine, helping women get over depression.
  • Treating childbirth as a medical condition.

Question 9

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Explain what is meant by a ‘subculture’.
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  • A group that have their own norms and values that differ from mainstream society.
  • A group that have their own norms and values that revolve around the fast food chain Subway.
  • A group that constantly substitutes their own norms and values with that of different cultures.

Question 10

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Explain what is meant by the ‘dual burden’.
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  • When a person is being burdened by more than one person.
  • A person has paid work but is also responsible for domestic labour.
  • A person who does work equivalent to that of two people.

Question 11

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Explain what is meant by the term ‘meritocracy’.
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  • A system in which rewards are based on achievement/ability or similar.
  • A system in which rewards are based on wealth/ancestry or something similar.
  • A system in which rewards are based on ethnicity/religion or something similar.

Question 12

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Suggest two problems of covert participant observation.
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  • Deceiving research subjects, lack of informed consent from research subjects.
  • Workers becoming hostile once cover is blown, attacking observer. Observer not being able to handle what he sees.
  • Observer defecting to the research subjects, revealing observation. Not reliable.

Question 13

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Suggest two reasons why leisure choices may vary across different age groups.
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  • Different levels of mental development, different physical capabilities.
  • Different levels of income, social expectations.
  • Different emotions, different childhood.

Question 14

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Explain the difference between income and wealth.
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  • Wealth is a stock of assets. Income is the amount of money one receives on a regular basis.
  • Wealth is the amount of money you earn. Income is the amount of money made in a lifetime.
  • Wealth is the total amount of an individual's spending power. Income is the money a person has accumulated in their lifetime.

Question 15

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Explain what is meant by ‘net migration’.
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  • The difference between the numbers emigrating and those immigrating.
  • The number of people emigrating being more than that of people immigrating.
  • The number of people immigrating being more than the number of people emigrating.

Question 16

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Explain what is meant by ‘status’.
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  • Position in society.
  • A video game character's various stats and current state of health.
  • The current state of a person or thing.

Question 17

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Identify two stereotypes that have been attached to people with disabilities.
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  • Are independent, can play sports well.
  • Seen as dependent, non-sexual.
  • Other senses enhanced, contributes to society.

Question 18

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Suggest three sources from which ethnic groups may construct their identity.
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  • History, religion, language.
  • Skill, strength, intelligence.
  • Geographical origin, experience, knowledge.

Question 19

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Explain what is meant by ‘serial monogamy’.
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  • Having several long term partners in the course of one's life.
  • Having a lot of different partners while in a relationship.
  • A relationship between 2 people.

Question 20

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Explain what is meant by ‘Dependency Culture’.
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  • A set of values and beliefs centered on preferring to live on welfare benefits.
  • A set of values and beliefs centered on relying on acts of God.
  • A set of values and beliefs centered on using narcotics to function.

Question 21

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Explain what is meant by the ‘operationalisation’ of sociological concepts.
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  • Defining sociological concepts in such a way that they can be operated.
  • Defining sociological concepts in such a way that they can be studied.
  • Acting on social concepts you come up with.

Question 22

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Identify and briefly explain three characteristics of religious fundamentalism.
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  • A belief in the literal truth of texts, resistance to change, a detestation of modernity.
  • A belief that theirs is the only true vision of the world, tolerance, can adapt to changes in society.
  • Belief in the face of a smiling God, extraterrestrials, and a reliance on guardians of tradition.

Question 23

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Explain what is meant by ‘primary’ data.
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  • Data that sociologists gather for themselves/for their own purposes.
  • Data acquired by sociologists from documents.
  • A conclusion made by sociologists after observing a research subject.

Question 24

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Explain what is meant by the term ‘vocational’ education.
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  • Relating to a career or specific work roles.
  • Relating to social roles during vacation.
  • Relating to a professional career.

Question 25

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Explain what is meant by a ‘deprivation index’.
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  • A list of items, with the lack of some being an indication of poverty.
  • A list of attributes, the lack of some indicating moral corruption.
  • A list of beliefs, a lack of some or all indicating that a person is an atheist, or agnostic.
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