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Max Weber
Sociological Theory

Chapter 4 Quiz



Multiple-Choice Questions



1

The concept of verstehen is derived from:
A)Christian mysticism.
B)the Protestant Ethic.
C)the spirit of capitalism.
D)the field of hermeneutics.
2

According to Weber, the causal knowledge of the social scientist is:
A)identical to that of the natural scientist.
B)similar to that of the theologian.
C)different from that of the natural scientist.
D)a matter of applying logically deduced propositions to the phenomena of the natural world.
3

An ideal type is a(n):
A)utopian blueprint for a better society.
B)model or theoretical measuring rod used to compare various empirical examples of a given social phenomenon.
C)demographic regression equation that asserts that rapid population growth can bring about state breakdown when economic and political institutions are too rigid.
D)charismatic person who attracts the affection of members of the opposite sex.
4

Ideal types are to be derived inductively from:
A)the real world of social history.
B)the sanctity of age-old beliefs.
C)the dialectic of enlightenment.
D)the dialectic of class conflict.
5

Max Weber's concept of status stresses which of the following?
A)economic interests
B)economic production
C)law
D)honor and style of life
6

Which of the following is NOT one of Weber's three types of authority?
A)traditional
B)charismatic
C)rational-legal
D)matriarchal
7

Modern bureaucracies are examples of ____________ authority.
A)legal
B)tragic
C)mechanical
D)revolutionary
8

Max Weber's three types of authority are:
A)alpha, beta, and gamma.
B)patrimonial, feudal, and imperial.
C)maternal, paternal, and neuter.
D)legal, traditional, and charismatic.
9

Traditional authority is based on:
A)organic solidarity.
B)the domination of industry by business.
C)the domination of business by industry.
D)the belief in the sanctity of age-old rules and powers.
10

To which of the following does the routinization of charisma refer?
A)transferring the charismatic qualities of a leader to a disciple or organization
B)the class consciousness of the proletariat
C)the modern industrial system
D)specialization in the division of labor
11

Max Weber is best known for his:
A)theory of time-space instantiation.
B)theory of rationalization.
C)grand theory of the tragedy of culture.
D)theory of the leisure class.
12

Max Weber argued that there are four types of rationality. They are practical, substantive, formal and:
A)tribal.
B)organic.
C)theoretical.
D)conspicuous.
13

Max Weber thought that rationalization has a:
A)cage-like quality.
B)charismatic-traditional quality.
C)magical, enchanting effect on people.
D)fragmenting effect on the politics of identity.
14

Formal rationality dictates that the choice of the most expedient action is guided by:
A)random chance alone.
B)the exploitation of the proletariat.
C)rules, regulations, and laws that apply to everyone.
D)higher values.
15

Which of the following is NOT one of Weber's four types of rationality?
A)formal rationality
B)substantive rationality
C)subjective rationality
D)practical rationality
16

Which of the following most clearly defines modern, rational capitalist enterprises?
A)calculability
B)avarice
C)traditionalism
D)asceticism
17

According to Weber, exemplary prophets:
A)are very primitive.
B)demonstrate to followers the path to salvation by means of personal example.
C)demand obedience from followers as an ethical duty.
D)demand obedience from followers by means of metaphysical traditionalism.
18

According to Weber, the Protestant Ethic contributed to:
A)the demise of capitalism.
B)the rise of modern capitalism.
C)conspicuous leisure.
D)the fall of the Roman Empire.
19

According to Weber, the goal of the Confucian is to:
A)seize the means of production.
B)smash the state.
C)make capitalism more productive and efficient.
D)maintain the status quo.
20

According to Weber, which of the following is a barrier to rationalization and capitalism in Hinduism?
A)the belief that innovation does not lead to a higher caste in the next life
B)laziness
C)lack of a feudal social structure
D)corruption

True/False Questions



21

For Weber, the task of sociology is to capture the events of history without generalizations.
A)True
B)False
22

Weber argued that verstehen is an irrational, or at least a non-rational, procedure of sociological inquiry.
A)True
B)False
23

Ideal types are models for how the world ought to be transformed by means of sociological analysis.
A)True
B)False
24

Weber believed that sociological inquiry must tell people what they ought to do.
A)True
B)False
25

According to Weber, charismatic authority is rooted in a belief by the followers in the sanctity, heroism, or exemplary character of a leader.
A)True
B)False
26

Max Weber's four types of rationality are practical, theoretical, substantive, and formal.
A)True
B)False
27

Academic legal training created a framework for the rationalization of law in the Western world.
A)True
B)False
28

Weber argued that the city was a structural barrier to the emergence of modern capitalism.
A)True
B)False
29

The spirit of capitalism arose from the Confucian ethic.
A)True
B)False
30

Innerworldly asceticism enjoins people to work within the world in order to find salvation.
A)True
B)False