The social nature of being human
The social nature of being human

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The social nature of being human

2.3 Test yourself on what you’ve learned so far

Before you move on, test yourself on what you’ve learned so far.

Activity 3 Quiz

Allow approximately 15 minutes

1. What is the relationship between politics and crowds or groups?

a. 

a) There is no relationship to speak of.


b. 

b) Politics are often a concern for crowds or groups – any social scientific analysis should take this into account.


c. 

c) Politics always determines how crowds perceive themselves.


d. 

d) All social scientists are apolitical when it comes to studying crowds.


The correct answer is b.

Answer

b) Politics are often, but not always, a direct concern of crowds or groups. What is more, social scientific analysis should also focus on how politics may be an implicit, not directly addressed but still relevant, concern for groups.

2. Which statement is true? ‘The Israeli-Palestinian conflict…’

a. 

a) … plays no role in British public life as it is happening in a long geographical distance from it.


b. 

b) … exists only in the minds of anti-Semites.


c. 

c) … is predicated not simply on differences of opinions or factual knowledge but on differences in identities.


d. 

d) … basically holds British public life in its grips.


The correct answer is c.

Answer

c) The conflict and its various manifestations are the result not simply of facts being disputed; various groups in the conflict seem to attributed different meanings to facts.

3. Which statement is true? ‘The interruption of the BBC Proms concert by Palestinian protesters is…’

a. 

a) … a good example for how these passions have a capacity to destroy the British public sphere


b. 

b) … a good example of how biased the BBC is.


c. 

c) … a good example of how boring classical music is.


d. 

d) … a good example of active publics can be.


The correct answer is d.

Answer

d) The activity of publics in the face of, say, academic research or politics or media protects can be manifested in many ways – rarely more conspicuously, than in the case of the disruption of the Proms concert.

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