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Read each question carefully and then select the best answer.

1
The mass media's role in the socialization process is universally well regarded.
A)true
B)false
2
The media play a critical role in shaping perceptions about the risks of substance abuse.
A)true
B)false
3
Paul Lazarsfeld and Robert Merton created the term mediatizing dysfunction to refer to the phenomenon whereby the media provide such massive amounts of information that the audience becomes numb and generally fails to act on the information, regardless of how compelling the issue.
A)true
B)false
4
Functionalist theorists emphasize that the media reflect and even exacerbate many of the divisions within our society and world.
A)true
B)false
5
Conflict theorists argue that the mass media serve to maintain the privileges of certain groups.
A)true
B)false
6
Feminists argue that depictions of male-female relationships in the media emphasize traditional gender roles and normalize violence against women.
A)true
B)false
7
Unlike functionalist and conflict theorists, interactionists are not interested in the impact of the media.
A)true
B)false
8
Sociologists examine media audiences from a micro level only.
A)true
B)false
9
The text tells us that the average child in the United States watches 50,000 commercials on television in a year.
A)true
B)false
10
The media often reaffirm proper behavior by showing what happens to people who act in a way that violates social expectations.
A)true
B)false
11
The legal scholar Cass Sunstein has referred to the personalized approach of news information as gatekeeping.
A)true
B)false
12
The term dominant ideology refers to the fact that most people believe in the same cultural norms and beliefs.
A)true
B)false
13
Feminists continue the argument advanced by functionalist theorists that the mass media represent social reality.
A)true
B)false
14
The most comprehensive analysis of more than 200 studies of media violence and aggressive behavior found that exposure to violence in the media has no impact on the aggressive behavior of youths.
A)true
B)false
15
Interactionists are especially interested in finding out if violence in the media may become a script for real-life behavior.
A)true
B)false







Schaefer, Sociology Brief, 7eOnline Learning Center

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