Practice Quiz for Status and Role

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1 The relative social position of someone in a group or in society is referred to as a ___________ .
a) role
b) status
c) neither of the above
2 The part our society expects us to play in a given status is referred to as a __________ .
a) role
b) caste
c) varna
3 Which of the following statements is true?
a) Social group membership usually gives us a set of statuses and role tags that make it more difficult for people to know what to expect from each other.
b) It is common for people to have multiple overlapping statuses and roles.
c) neither of the above
4 Which of the following is an achieved status?
a) being a king who inherited his title
b) being a general in the U.S. Army
c) being a well recognized and accomplished movie actor
d) B and C
e) all of the above
5 Ascribed statuses ___________________ .
a) are acquired by birth
b) are acquired by both birth and achievement
c) do not exist in the real world--they are only theoretical
6 Which of the following statements is true?
a) Laws making it a crime to hire relatives would most likely be enacted in societies that emphasize ascribed statuses over achieved ones.
b) Some societies emphasize either ascribed or achieved statuses and demphasize the other.
c) Membership in an Indian caste is an achieved status.
7 In the Indian caste system, which of the following is the highest ranking one?
a) Scheduled castes
b) Vaishya
c) Brahman
8 Which of the following statements is true concerning the caste system in India today?
a) Underlying and constantly reinforcing this system of rigid social classes is the Hindu religion and its concept of ritual pollution.
b) Indian restaurants usually have chefs who are from the lowest castes because cooking is a polluting occupation.
c) The Indian national government has made no attempt to encourage achieved status by outlawing any part of the the caste system.
9 Which of the following statements is true of castes?
a) They exist only in India.
b) They exist in India and Europe but not in North America.
c) They exist in many countries of the world.

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