Social 7 - Demo

The following is a sampling of questions from our Social 7 testbank.

Topic A: Culture

The study of culture involves mainly the study of:
  1. the importance of holidays and special occasions.
  2. the different types of ethnic foods and dances.
  3. the way in which people live their daily lives.
  4. the way in which the culture differs from our own culture.

For questions #42 to 46, identify whether the action described is an example of upholding or violating a:

  1. tradition or custom
  2. norm
  3. law
  4. taboo

Decorating a pine tree at Christmas.

Eating insects.

Reading over a strangers shoulder.

Questions #72 to 75 are based upon the following statements:

Speaker I

I believe we should construct the hazardous waste treatment plant. It will create jobs and attract new business and families to our community.

Speaker II

The proposed site for the plant is a sensitive wetland. Building it would destroy nesting areas for geese and pelicans. There is no way I would support constructing the plant.

Speaker III

Our society is producing these hazardous wastes. I support building the plant because if we do not dispose of these wastes properly, they will do great damage to the ecosystem.

Speaker IV

The only way to decide the question is to have a town meeting. Let's get all opinions out into the open. Then we can have a vote about whether to go ahead with construction.

Based on the statements, which speaker tends to value economic growth?
  1. Speaker I.
  2. Speaker II.
  3. Speaker III.
  4. Speaker IV.
Based on the statements, which speakers tend to share the same values?
  1. Speakers I and III.
  2. Speakers II and III.
  3. Speakers I, II and III.
  4. Speakers I and IV.
Which groups had norms or taboos that encouraged people to marry outside their clan or immediate community?
  1. The Arnhem Land Aborigines
  2. The Hutterites
  3. The Haida and the Hutterites but not the Arnhem Land Aborigines.
  4. The Haida, the Hutterites and the Arnhem Land Aborigines.
Which of the cultures listed was only formed in the Twentieth Century?
  1. The Hutterites
  2. The Kibbutz
  3. The Haida
  4. The Arnhem Land Aborigines

Topic B:

Cultural Transition: A Case Study of Japan

Questions 142 and 143 refer to the statements below:

  1. Japan is located east of China
  2. Japan is located north of the Tropic of Cancer
  3. Japan is located west of the International Date Line
  4. Japan is located west of Korea
Which statement correctly describes Japan's absolute location?
  1. statement I
  2. statement II
  3. statement III
  4. statement IV
Which statement correctly describes Japan's relative location?
  1. statement I
  2. statement II
  3. statement III
  4. statement IV
For most of Japan's history, the Emperor has
  1. been undisputed leader of Japan.
  2. acted as a figurehead.
  3. controlled the Japanese army.
  4. kept the daimyo and shoguns under tight control.
Which statement most accurately describes the way in which the Emperor is chosen?
  1. The Emperor is elected by all Japanese citizens.
  2. The Emperor inherits his position from his father.
  3. The Emperor is the most powerful shogun.
  4. The Emperor is elected by the samurai.

Questions 206 to 208 refer to the following passage.

Sadako, a 13 year old Japanese student, was anxious to see how she did on her school assignment. She was very disappointed when her teacher gave her work a low mark and felt that it had not been fairly graded.

Which response to the situation described above would be consistent with traditional Japanese values?
  1. Sadako has her father complain to the school principal about the grade.
  2. Sadako accepts the teacher's judgment without complaint.
  3. Sadako challenges the mark in class accusing the teacher of lacking makoto.
  4. Sadako's family sues the school for the damage done to her future career prospects.
The value that is most likely to determine Sadako's response would be:
  1. deference to authority.
  2. respect for bushi-do.
  3. concern for makoto.
  4. appreciation of the "ah-ness" of life.

Questions 236 to 239 refer to the following passage.

In 1973, to protest American and European support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War, the Arab oil producing countries reduced the supply and increased the price of oil on world markets. Since then, oil prices have remained high.

Which statement best describes Japan's initial reaction to the increase in oil prices?
  1. Japan supported the increase because it allowed Japan's oil companies to increase their profits.
  2. Japan supported the increase because it encouraged wasteful Japanese to conserve energy.
  3. Japan opposed the increase because it forced Japan's consumers and industry to pay more for imported oil.
  4. Japan was not effected by the increase because it is self sufficient in energy.

Topic C

Canada: A Bilingual and Multicultural Country

Questions 276 to 278 refer to the following quotation:

"Canada is a fruitcake! Each ingredient is mixed up throughout the whole yet each also remains distinct and identifiable."

The "ingredients" referred to the quotation are probably
  1. the provinces.
  2. the different political parties.
  3. the different ethnic groups.
  4. individual Canadians.
Which term or phrase comes closest in meaning to the word "fruitcake" in the quotation?
  1. melting pot.
  2. cultural mosaic.
  3. insane country.
  4. uniform culture.

Questions 299 - 301 refer to the following quotation:

"The exploration of the New World was motivated by three things: God, Gold and Glory!"

The reference to God in the quotation refers to the Europeans' desire to
  1. study the religious beliefs of the Natives.
  2. spread Christianity to the Native People of the new lands.
  3. escape religious persecution that was common in Europe.
  4. find a short route to the Holy Land.
The reference to "glory" in the quotation suggests that explorers were often interested in
  1. increasing Europe's cultural and scientific knowledge.
  2. impressing the Native Peoples they came into contact with.
  3. improving their status and reputation within their own countries.
  4. permanently settling in the lands they discovered.

Questions 398 to 400 refer to the following statements:

Speaker I

There are too many hyphenated Canadians. If we are to have a strong successful country, we must think about the things that make us the same rather than focussing on the things that separate us.

Speaker II

Canada's great strength is its ability to provide a home for people who have many different beliefs, backgrounds and values. This gives us the opportunity to learn from many different points of view.

Speaker III

The best solution to Canada's situation is to encourage the people who come here to adopt the dominant culture. Its not like their own culturdisappears entirely, after all, it becomes part of the dominant culture itself.

Speaker IV

I want to keep my culture and I want my children to keep their heritage. I don't really like them to hang around with people from these ethnic groups. Who knows what weird ideas they will pick up.

The phrase "hyphenated Canadians" as used by Speaker I refers to Canadians who
  1. come from Hyphen.
  2. have a strong sense of their ethnic identity.
  3. support assimilation.
  4. belong to the dominant culture.
Which speaker is most supportive of the principles of multiculturalism and ethnic diversity?
  1. Speaker I
  2. Speaker II
  3. Speaker III
  4. Speaker IV

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