QUIZ_ Research Methods

E. Donnelly
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E. Donnelly
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Research Methods in Sociology

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Question 1

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A statement of the relationship between two variables is called:
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  • a concept
  • an inference
  • a hypothesis
  • an operational definition

Question 2

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If research clearly established that “study time determines the grades that a student earns,” grades are the _____ variable.
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  • independent
  • dependent
  • control
  • intervening

Question 3

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The research method where researchers collect data by systematically observing people in their natural surroundings is called _______ research.
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  • survey
  • content analysis
  • historical analysis
  • participant observation

Question 4

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Three researchers wish to test the effects of playing soft music during an exam on the test performance of their sociology students. They conduct an experiment in which one test-taking class hears music and another does not. In experimental terms, the class hearing the music is called:
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  • the placebo
  • the control group
  • the experimental group
  • the dependent variable

Question 5

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___________ is a way of measuring by examining the cultural artifacts such as newspapers, magazines, TV programs or popular music.
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  • participant observation
  • content analysis
  • survey
  • controlled experiment

Question 6

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Which of the following steps comes first in sociological research?
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  • to develop a research question
  • to decide how to proceed with your investigation via a research design
  • to develop a hypothesis
  • to collect the data

Question 7

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When sociologists conduct surveys or engage in participant observation they are gathering _____
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  • primary data
  • secondary data
  • background data
  • experimental data

Question 8

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Compared to survey research, participant observation creates a greater risk that
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  • the research is not measuring what it is designed to
  • the researcher may be subjective in their interpretations.
  • the results will not be easily understood by other researchers.
  • the research process is too systematic.

Question 9

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Controlled experiments are highly focused ways of collecting data and are especially useful for determining _____.
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  • respondent opinions
  • qualitative information
  • cause and effect
  • subjective understandings

Question 10

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__________________ allows for interpretation and nuance in what people say and do and thus can provide an in-depth look at a particular social behavior.
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  • quantitative research
  • qualitative research
  • survey research
  • content analysis
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