Chapter 16: multiple choice questions


Chapter 16: Multiple choice questions


Question 1

What is the advantage of using SPSS over calculating statistics by hand?

a) This is how most quantitative data analysis is done in “real research” nowadays
b) It reduces the chance of making errors in your calculations
c) It equips you with a useful transferable skill
d) All of the above

Question 2

In SPSS, what is the “Data Viewer”?

a) A table summarizing the frequencies of data for one variable
b) A spreadsheet into which data can be entered
c) A dialog box that allows you to choose a statistical test
d) A screen in which variables can be defined and labeled

Question 3
How is a variable name different from a variable label?

a) It is shorter and less detailed
b) It is longer and more detailed
c) It is abstract and unspecific
d) It refers to codes rather than variables
Question 4

What does the operation “Recode Into Different Variables” do to the data?

a) Replaces missing data with some random scores
b) Reverses the position of the independent and dependent variable on a graph
c) Redistributes a range of values into a new set of categories and creates a new variable
d) Represents the data in the form of a pie chart

Question 5
How would you use the drop-down menus in SPSS to generate a frequency table?

a) Open the Output Viewer and click: Save As; Pie Chart
b) Click on: Analyze; Descriptive Statistics; Frequencies
c) Click on: Graphs; Frequencies; Pearson
d) Open the Variable Viewer and recode the value labels

Question 6

Why might you tell SPSS to represent the “slices” of a pie chart in different patterns?

a) Because the program tends to crash if you ask it to use colour
b) Because the patterns form symbolic visual images of different social groups
c) In order to make full use of the facilities that SPSS can offer
d) If you do not have a colour printer, it makes the differences between the slices clearer
Question 7

When cross-tabulating two variables, it is conventional to:

a) Represent the independent variable in rows and the dependent variable in columns
b) Assign both the dependent and independent variables to columns
c) Represent the dependent variable in rows and the independent variable in columns
d) Assign both the dependent and independent variables to rows

Question 8

In which sub-dialog box can the Chi Square test be found?

a) Frequencies: Percentages
b) Crosstabs: Statistics
c) Bivariate: Pearson
d) Gender: Female

Question 9

To generate a Spearman’s rho test, which set of instructions should you give SPSS?

a) Analyze; Crosstabs; Descriptive Statistics; Spearman; OK
b) Graphs; Frequencies; [select variables]; Spearman; OK
c) Analyze; Compare Means; Anova table; First layer; Spearman; OK
d) Analyze; Correlate; Bivariate; [select variables]; Spearman; OK
Question 10

How would you print a bar chart that you have just produced in SPSS?

a) In Output Viewer, click File, Print, select the bar chart and click OK
b) In Variable Viewer, open bar chart, click File, Print, OK
c) In Chart Editor, click Descriptive Statistics, Print, OK
d) In Data Editor, open Graphs dialog box, click Save, OK


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