Social Sciences Quiz
Welcome to a sample quiz in the Social Sciences. You can try the questions now--or wait until you've read through the interviews with Professors Belshaw, Day, and Deutschmann.

Self-Grading Discourse Self-Analysis Quiz

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" Try your luck with the above quiz on Sociology. Answer the questions as if you were a member of the research community. If you want to learn more about that community, or about other communities in the social sciences, keep reading!"
- Will Garrett-Petts

"The role is your connection to all those social groups. Like when you play the role of daughter or son or significant other, then that's what links you to a particular grouping of people. And you may play many roles and you're integrated with many groupings of people, some of which are as small as just a friendship group, some of which may be big like the college or education as an institution." Linda Deutschmann, Sociologist. The interview with Dr. Deutschmann will help you learn more about key definitions (like "roles"), about writing the Sociology paper, about the community of scholars called "sociologists"--and about Sociology in general.

- Go to Sociology Interview


If you want to learn more about writing history essays, go directly to the interview with Dr. John Belshaw. He maintains that the field of history straddles two areas: the humanities and the social sciences. To succeed in history, you must be able to tell a good story--history is a "narrative art," says Belshaw--and you must be able to analyze the data.
- Go to Interview with John Belshaw

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In addition to the interviews, this site features a variety of essays offering advice on how to write in the different disciplines. If you have ever wondered how to integrate quotations, prepare for essay exams, or find topics that work, go directly to the research essays now.

- Go to the Research Essays


"I think that educational psychologists in general are more quantitative in their approach [than practicing teachers]. Most elementary teachers, I think, are looking more reflectively. There’s a big emphasis on the 'teacher as researcher.' What we are trying to encourage teachers to do is to take command of their own classrooms and look at the problems and pose research questions for themselves and do the research in their classroom and make decisions for themselves. Our writing reflects this. "
- Karen Day, from her interview in the Writing Your 'Self' into the Disciplines series

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"There's not just a generic "A" paper. Certainly there are some differences between "A" papers and "B" papers and "C" papers. The "A" paper has some real ideas in it, is very well researched, and is properly written. If you've got really serious grammatical problems and you're not communicating-- you're using the right words, but you're not putting them together properly-- you're not going to get an "A." But the content is crucial. I had one student...the first paper I read here after coming to UCC started off, "this paper is to grasp the horrific problem of prostitution." You can see that this student really started off badly: while it is nice to tell your reader what the paper is about, but this opening is prejudgmental. Prostitution is a horrific problem if you're living in a community where you've got prostitutes plying their trade on your front lawn. That's a horrific problem. But to start off your essay that way is just not very professional sounding. As I remember it, the essay was actually not a badly researched essay--but the way it started meant it was never going to be an "A" paper. After the first sentence, it couldn't be an "A" paper."
- Linda Deutschmann, The Sociology Interview

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