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Professor Brenda Beach
Short-Answer Quiz 6
Complete the quiz in a Word document. This is an open book quiz. The answer to each question
must be 100-125 words.
1. Compare and contrast the conflict and the functionalist perspective relative to the political
system in the United States. Select one current issue such as healthcare, immigration, or one of
your choosing and discuss the issue from both perspectives.
2. Describe your family dynamics from the functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist
We have four members in our family. Currently, I am a single, and I live with my older sister.
My parents live in another city. As a family, we talk three times a week together, and my sister a
I try to go to our parent’s house one a month. Our family belongs to middle class. My mom used
to do more chores than my dad. Now, my dad is cooking and doing more chores than before.
Since I was a baby, my parents were both working a lot. So, other people had to take care of me
and my sister. Because of this, we grew up being so individualistic and selfish. We did not
actually feel love from my parents. However, after being separated from each other, we became
so close. Now, we truly became a family who loves each other.
3. What are the sociological characteristics of religion in the United States? Build an argument
that religion is likely to remain a strong feature of life in the United States or why religion may
not remain a strong feature in the lives of Americans.
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According to the First Amendment of the Constitution, Americans are free to believe in any
religion. America was established by the Pilgrims. Majority of Americans became Christians or
follow Christian traditions. Lots of American Christians are becoming atheists. However, people
are still following Christian traditions.
4. Select one of the sociological perspectives, the functionalist, conflict, or symbolic interactionist,
and analyze the problems facing K-12 education in the United States. Describe three or four
solutions that you would like to present to your local school board to improve the educational