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Sociology is defined as "the science or study of the origin, development, organization, and functioning of human society; the science of the fundamental laws of social relations, institutions, etc." Considered to be a relatively new discipline, human social behavior and interaction has, nonetheless, been puzzling individuals for centuries.
4 Sociology quizzes and 40 Sociology trivia questions.
  Bonfire of the Humanities   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Sociology, its benefits and rewards.
Easier, 10 Qns, Godwit, Jul 01 23
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Jul 01 23
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  Sociology - Study of Human Relations    
Multiple Choice
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Culture and Social Structures - Examining Social Life - Development of Sociology.
Average, 10 Qns, TaylorRose, Aug 21 21
Aug 21 21
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  Sociology 101    
Multiple Choice
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This quiz is about Sociology. You will be tested on everything from founding sociologists to specialized terms. How much do you know about this fascinating discipline?
Difficult, 10 Qns, dragonfly3544, Jun 12 22
Jun 12 22
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  Sociology Part 2    
Multiple Choice
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This is my second quiz on what I learned in my sociology class. I hope there will be many more to come! Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, House42, Jan 30 22
Jan 30 22
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Sociology Trivia Questions

1. One of my astute professors taught me that in any educational discussion, the first thing to do is "define your terms". What does the word sociology mean?

From Quiz
Bonfire of the Humanities

Answer: Study of society

The term "sociology" comes from the Greek (logos, knowledge, word) and Latin (socius) meaning the study of associates or companions, especially in tribes or city states. It was coined by Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes, a French essayist, in 1780. In 1838 another Frenchmen Auguste Comte coined it independently as "a new way of looking at society", that is, through the methods of science. Karl Marx, sometimes called the founder of true sociology, called it a "science of society". So there we are--sociology is the methodical scientific study of human associations, typically in current-day society.

2. What is the definition of the term "sociology"?

From Quiz Sociology 101

Answer: The discipline that studies society and how people behave

The sociological perspective highlights the social environments in which people live. Culture is defined as the norms, values, and beliefs of a society. The disciplines that strive to understand, explain, and predict changes in our environments are the "natural sciences".

3. What is the science that studies human society and social behavior?

From Quiz Sociology - Study of Human Relations

Answer: Sociology

Sociologists are mainly interested in social interaction- how people relate to one another, and influence each other's behavior. They tend to focus on groups rather than on individuals.

4. But, you ask, what does the field of sociology consider "society"? Great question. What is the answer?

From Quiz Bonfire of the Humanities

Answer: Human community

"Society" comes from Old French "societe" or company. It means friendly association with others. In Latin (societatem) it meant to follow an alliance, community, or association. In the 1500s society meant persons who come together for a specific purpose, and by the 1600s those living in a unified community, such as a neighborhood. It was then applied to "fashionable people and their doings", such as the "Royal Society" that financed the 1769 explorations of Cook, and high society, pillars of society and secret society. In sociology the study can be of "society" at large--an entire country or culture--or a systematic study of a group.

5. Which founding sociologist identified the bourgeoisie and proletariat classes?

From Quiz Sociology 101

Answer: Karl Marx

Max Weber disagreed with almost everything Karl Marx said. While Marx believed that economics was the major force in social change, Weber said that religion was the cause of social change. Emile Durkheim is best known for his work with suicide. Spencer promoted the theory of "social Darwinism".

6. What is the meaning of 'social phenomenon'?

From Quiz Sociology - Study of Human Relations

Answer: An observable fact or event.

Sociologist observes facts and events to examine group behavior to the hidden meanings behind human actions.

7. Ok, on to norms. To a sociologist, what exactly is a norm anyway?

From Quiz Sociology Part 2

Answer: a standard of behavior

Norms play a huge role in our society today.

8. When sociologists observe a specific human community, their records and data often show what, that helps them suggest theories or reach solid conclusions?

From Quiz Bonfire of the Humanities

Answer: Patterns

Let's take bonfires for example. These are large, controlled fires set by a community, often as part of a celebration. Prior studies show a clear pattern--bonfires are set during a change of season or a religious festival in many societies around the world. There's also a pattern of behavior. For instance, even in societies far from each other people "fire jump"--leaping over the fire--with a shared belief in its benefit, such as, "It brings the town good luck". Knowing there's a pattern, sociologists can look for other patterns to discover more. If study uncovers no pattern, if bonfires are set at haphazard and random times and completely different in every society, we might conclude they have no "social function".

9. What is the study of various aspects of past and present cultures?

From Quiz Sociology - Study of Human Relations

Answer: Anthropology

Anthropologists traditionally have concentrated on examining past cultures and present simple societies. Also on complex societies.

10. Which norm is the strongest one in a society?

From Quiz Sociology Part 2

Answer: taboo

A taboo in our culture would be incest or cannibalism. Although, some sick people (mostly on the "Jerry Springer Show") find nothing wrong with it!

11. Sociologists have many areas of expertise, including one with a focus on the presence of crime, teen pregnancy, unemployment or violence for instance. What is this area called?

From Quiz Bonfire of the Humanities

Answer: Social problems

Social Problems is the area of sociology that examines struggles that impact a group. A rise in food prices or tuition, violent crime, teen pregnancy, terrorism, domestic violence, alcoholism, bullying or an outbreak of measles...these things change the safety, security, and values of a community. Sociologists provide us a big-picture view. Often they show that the source of the "problem" is not what people assume. Say a number of fire jumpers are injured at separate bonfires. People blame the jumpers. They weren't prepared, or cheated, or failed on purpose, some say. Study uncovers the fact that the wood used for the fire that year burned much hotter, causing the injuries. This provides a new view of the problem, and therefore new solutions are possible.

12. What is the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis?

From Quiz Sociology 101

Answer: The idea that language creates ways of thinking and perceiving

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis was developed by Edward Sapir and Benjamin Whorf. They developed this hypothesis in the 1930s after examining the Hopi Indians.

13. A(n) ________ status is one that is earned.

From Quiz Sociology Part 2

Answer: achieved

An ascribed status is something that you do not earn-such as your sex or gender. An achieved status is one you earn-such as a college degree.

14. One way sociologists collect information is to provide a series of questions in person, in the mail, on the phone or on-line. What are these questionnaires called?

From Quiz Bonfire of the Humanities

Answer: Surveys

Surveys are a series of questions sent out to large groups, so that sociologists can collect and study the answers to gain a broad view. If the majority who attended a bonfire answer a survey, sociologists can determine patterns such as how many attend, how long they stay, what age, gender, health and economic status they are, and how the bonfire affects the way they feel about the community. City officials, police, parents, local businesses and scholars...they all benefit from knowing how a community event impacts its citizens.

15. What century did Sociology take root?

From Quiz Sociology - Study of Human Relations

Answer: Nineteenth Century

It took root primarily in France, Germany, and England in the nineteenth century.

16. Norms are enforced by:

From Quiz Sociology Part 2

Answer: sanctions

Norms can be forms of etiquette (no burping at the dinner table), or laws (thou shall not murder).

17. Once sociologists conduct research and uncover a "social problem" in a group, what is something individuals and communities often do to address it?

From Quiz Bonfire of the Humanities

Answer: Volunteer

Sociologists often make a society aware of a "social reality"; that is, the true dynamics, and the source, of a community issue. Once a community is shown the real source of a problem, and how it involves them, people are tremendously innovative at finding solutions. Each year thousands give their time and skill to help the victims of natural disaster, rebuild homes, hand out blankets to the homeless, feed the poor, visit prisoners, rescue animals, clean up lake shores, assist disabled veterans, operate museums, garden shows and theater, serve on committees and so much more. How powerful we are when we act as a unified group to tackle an issue! One of the joys of a community event like a bonfire is working together as a team to create it, and together close it down.

18. What are the three elements of the looking-glass self?

From Quiz Sociology 101

Answer: Imagine, Interpret, and Develop

In the looking-glass self, we imagine how we appear to others, interpret their reaction, and adjust our self-concept to match.

19. Who was Auguste Comte?

From Quiz Sociology - Study of Human Relations

Answer: A French philosopher who is considered to be the founder of sociology.

Auguste Comte was born in 1798 and died in 1857.

20. What is a role nuance?

From Quiz Sociology Part 2

Answer: different ways to play the same role

21. Which word means being pushed out of the home situation so as to establish one's own household?

From Quiz Sociology Part 2

Answer: extrusion

Don't all parents at one time try to get rid of their darling children?

22. There are many classic sociology works to read, but which 2000 best-seller by Malcolm Gladwell is about how the right time, place and people turns a social matchstick into a bonfire?

From Quiz Bonfire of the Humanities

Answer: The Tipping Point

A snowball becomes an avalanche, suggests Gladwell, when it reaches "The Tipping Point" (2000). In the same way social ideas, products, epidemics and trends suddenly go global or take hold of a nation. Gladwell investigates how sociological factors cause change. His theory is based on an important 1967 experiment by social psychologist Stanley Milgram. Other standard books in the field include "Economy and Society" by Max Weber, "The True Believer" by Eric Hoffer, works by Emile Durkheim, and works by Carl Jung. I saw a new book this week about the closing of libraries and other shared spaces, and how this is impacting our society and its people.

23. If a person is 54 years old, which of the stages in the Life Course is he in, according to the stages proposed by Erik Erikson?

From Quiz Sociology 101

Answer: Later Middle Years

The later middle years are fifty to sixty-five. The early middle years are thirty to forty-nine. The early older years are sixty-five plus. Young adulthood is considered to be between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine.

24. What do sociologists consider to be the basis of human culture?

From Quiz Sociology - Study of Human Relations

Answer: Symbols

It is through symbols that we create our culture and communicate it to group members and future generations. A symbol is anything that stands for something else.

25. There are many types of jobs for trained sociologists, in business and social service especially. In which job would a strong communicator use media to show a company to the public in its most favorable light?

From Quiz Bonfire of the Humanities

Answer: Public Relations Specialist

Those trained and educated in sociology can look forward to a positive job market at least through 2026, according to the US Bureau of Labor. You can become a university professor, policy analyst, market analyst, lawyer, guidance counselor, pollster, corrections officer, religious leader or social worker, as well as work in international policies, city planning, early education, and non-profit and human services of many kinds. The essential factor is a passion for analysis of the forces operating in society, and a desire to understand and uplift groups of human beings. If you are by nature a "change agent"--someone with skill assessing and then providing solutions to problems--your education in sociology can provide you a good living.

26. Name that means the shared rules of conduct that tell people how to act in specific situations.

From Quiz Sociology - Study of Human Relations

Answer: Norms

An example of norms is the value of democracy, it is reinforced through norms governing respect for the flag, political participation and the tratment of elected officials. It is important to keep in mind that norms are expectations for behavior, not actual behavior.

27. Which country has a 'National Respect Day for the Elderly'?

From Quiz Sociology Part 2

Answer: Japan

I think we should have one here in the US as well!

28. In sociology what do they call groups such as universities, corporations, armies, and the government, as well as longstanding celebrations and rituals?

From Quiz Bonfire of the Humanities

Answer: Institutions

An institution is a large organized group with a stable, predictable and defined purpose, such as serving a need of society. For a sociologist, an institution is more closely defined as a complicated set of social norms or agreements, organized around a shared social value, often having existed for a long time. (Speaking of which, be prepared for academic language and complex sentences in this field). We can think of world banks, governments, corporations, prisons, charitable organizations, the military, medical facilities, fire and emergency stations, as well as "families", "marriage" and "religion" and established celebrations as social institutions. These act in complex interconnection with each other. In the case of a tradition, such as lighting a bonfire each year on the same day, this provides essential connection, expression and identity to a community.

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