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1. The title of the movie says a great deal about the obsession with perfection that dominates American social structure. Based on its continual presentation of characters seeking perfection, which theoretical perspective can best be used to explain/understand the choice of this particular title?
a. Conflict theory
b. Function Theory
c. Symbolic Interaction Theory

2. Acts of Deviance are depicted throughout the film. The social motivations behind some of the acts of deviance are more easily understood than others. Which theory provides the best insight into Lester’s obsession with the “toys” that make him feel young, and reconnected with life?
a. Functional Theory
b. Symbolic Interaction Theory
c. Conflict Theory

3. The “toys” described in question 2 are examples of what George Herbert Mead described as significant ____________________________.
a. Evidence of Consumerism
b. Shared Symbols
c. Examples of Corporate Greed

4. American society is more and more driven by all the processes connected to mass consump-tion. There is a depiction of the power of this consumer based obsession in the sequence in which Lester and Carolyn fight, and a piece of furniture becomes central to the consumer identities around which Americans build their lives. While the furniture itself is symbolic, which Sociologi-cal Theory best explains the social forces behind the emergence of the importance of this expen-sive symbol?
a. Symbolic Interaction Theory
b. Conflict Theory
c. Functional Theory

5. There are numerous representations of the negative impact of deviance on society. Which of the following is the best representation of people who are engaged in socially defined deviance and that are attempting to have a positive impact on members of the social structure depicted in the film?
a. Ricky's drug dealing operation
b. Carolyn’s obsession with money and her willingness to do anything to become a financial suc-cess?
c. The relationship of the gay couple and their efforts to connect with their neighbors

6. Question 5 implies that perception of deviance and its impact on social structure is _____________ in nature.
a. Simple
b. Subjective
c. Improbably

7. As described in lecture, there are _________________ levels of deviance.
a. Five
b. Nine
c. Three
d. Six
e. Eleven

8. Lester blackmails his boss to obtain a favorable severance package. Which sociological term best describes the level of deviance he reaches as he engages in this act of blackmail?
a. Primary Level of Deviance
b. Secondary Level of Deviance
c. Tertiary Level of Deviance

9. For deviance to reach the secondary level, it must be observed and labeled by others
a. True
b. False

10. Due to the subjective nature of labeling processes, it is possible that Lester’s decision to be-come a marijuana smoker might not be labeled deviant in some societies.
a. True
b. False

11. In the film Carolyn has sex with a senior realtor/associate in an effort to advance her career and economic position in the social structure. Considering her intent, and using sociological ter-minology you could describe this act as being clearly _______________ in nature.
a. Symbolic
b. Functional
c. Lewd
d. Gross

12. Ricky Fitts, the next door neighbor who becomes Lester’s drug dealer, has become deviant for a specific purpose which is revealed at the end of the film: Escape from his present social structure. This purpose motivating the deviance reveals the deviance to be _________________ in nature.
a. Symbolic
b. Functional
c. Erudite
d. Cataclysmic

13. There is a powerful exchange between Ricky and Frank Fitts, when Frank, the “macho” Ma-rine, confronts his son about the source of his money:Ricky Fitts: You're right, I suck dick for money. Colonel Frank Fitts: Boy... Ricky Fitts: Two thousand dollars, I'm that good. Colonel Frank Fitts: Get out. Ricky Fitts: And you should see me fuck. I'm the best piece of ass in three states. Colonel Frank Fitts: Get out! I don't ever want to see you again. Ricky Fitts: What a sad old man you are.Almost every word in the dialogue is powerful in its social meaning. The words are _______________ representations which reinforce the need to conform to the norms and which also depict how the power of norms dominate both our public lives and even our most pri-vate social interactions.
a. Economic
b. Functional
c. Symbolic
d. Relevant

14. Acts that might be considered deviant if observed by members of the social group are fre-quently performed in total secrecy to avoid the attachment of _____________ to the deviant.
a. Embarrassment
b. Stigma
c. Publicity
d. Notoriety

15. According to symbolic interactionists, the act of deviance may not be nearly so great a prob-lem for the social structure as the social response to the act of deviance.
a. True
b. False

16. The sociological term for overt social responses to acts of deviance is __________________.
a. Reprisals
b. Payback
c. Sanctions

17. Avoidance of being labeled as deviant can play a powerful role in life. The film ends with an extreme act of deviance. Using the sociological knowledge you have acquired about social re-sponses to deviance, and the ways in which deviants may respond to perception and stigmatiza-tion of their deviance, this act can be viewed as an act aimed at ______________________ per-ception and labeling of deviance.
a. Guaranteeing
b. Aveting
c. Neutralizing
d. Emphasizing

18. In the United States, murder is a violation of a social _____________.
a. More`
b. Custom
c. Folkway

19. Frank’s murder of Lester is clearly identifiable as an act of social deviance. Is ALL killing of human beings viewed as being socially deviant?
a. Yes
b. No

20. As discussed in lecture, the power of the social response to deviance may, in some cases, be affected by the economic class of the deviant.
a. True
b. False

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1. The title of the movie says a great deal about the obsession with perfection that dominates American social structure. Based on its continual presentation of characters seeking perfection, which theoretical perspective can best be used to explain/understand the choice of this particular title?
a. Conflict theory
b. Function Theory
c. Symbolic Interaction Theory

The answer is (C) Symbolic Interactionist Theory...

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