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Anthropology 1000: General Anthropology
Lesson 1 Assessment
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35 questions, 40 points total
A. Multiple-choice: Choose the one best answer.
→ 15 questions, 1 point each, 15 points total
1. What are the four main subfields of the academic discipline of anthropology?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
holistic, medical, forensic and linguistic anthropology
sociocultural, medical, linguistic and historical anthropology
archaeological, biological, holistic and feministic anthropology
cultural, archaeological, biological and linguistic anthropology
linguistic, medical, historical and native anthropology
2. Traditionally, what do archaeological anthropologists not study?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
trash
fragments of pottery
plant remains
asteroids
stone tools
3. How do children learn cultural traditions growing up in a particular society?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
adaptation
invention
investment
enculturation
development
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4. Which of the following statements about applied anthropology is not true?
A. It involves the application of anthropological data, perspectives, theory and
methods that identify, assess and solve contemporary social problems.
B. It is concerned with the relationships between anthropological knowledge and
the uses of the knowledge in the world beyond anthropology.
C. It encompasses the use of knowledge and techniques from all four subfields of
anthropology that identify, assess and solve practical problems.
D. It aims to find humane and effective ways of helping people whom
anthropologists have traditionally studied.
E. None of the above.
5. The British anthropologist, Edward Tylor, said that culture is
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
acquired by a people as members of society.
adaptive.
symbolic.
transmitted genetically.
at times stressful.
6. As an early student of Third-World urbanization, Robert Redfield focused on the
contrasts between
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
the sacred and the profane.
urban and suburban communities.
urban and rural life.
diseases and illnesses.
urban and industrial economies.
7. Which of the following is not a trait that we share with some other primates?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
a visible female estrus cycle
opposable thumbs
the ability to make and use tools
color vision and depth perception
significant parental investment in offspring
8. What do anthropologists do in the field of developmental anthropology?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
carry out other scientists’ developmental plans
examine the sociocultural dimensions of economic development
develop a culture as they feel it should be
put the developer’s needs above the society
None of the above.
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9. According to the textbook, real culture differs from ideal culture because it is
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
the one best suited to a given environment.
what people say they do.
symbolic.
not subject to bias.
what people actually do.
10. Which of the following statements best describes ethnocentrism?
A. It is the tendency to view another’s culture as superior and to use that culture’s
values to judge the behavior and beliefs of people in your own culture.
B. Only Western society is ethnocentric.
C. It is the argument that one culture should not be judged by the standards of
another.
D. It is the argument that there is one central culture from which justice and
morality is derived.
E. It is the tendency to view your own culture as superior and to apply your own
culture’s values to judge the behavior and beliefs of people in other cultures.
11. Which of the following is not a mechanism of cultural change?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
acculturation
globalization
independent invention
diffusion
enculturation
12. Which of the following factors contributed the most in the spread of AIDS in east
Africa?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
prolonged contact with bonobos
high rates of divorce
cultural colonialism
highways
None of the above.
13. What does underdifferentiation refer to?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
the underuse of cultural resources in a society
not differentiating between what is important and what is not in a society
paying attention to cultural diversity
viewing less-developed countries as the same
None of the above.
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14. Which of the following is not a component of culture?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
rules for appropriate behavior
beliefs
instinct
recipes for action
value content
15. The principle of cultural relativism asserts that
A. behaviors should be evaluated, not by outside standards, but in the context of
their own culture.
B. only relatives carry and transmit culture to other relatives.
C. behaviors should be evaluated by outside standards.
D. behaviors need to be viewed in terms of the anthropologist’s standards.
E. None of the above.
B. Matching terms
→ 8 terms, 1 point each, 8 points total (only ONE answer per question)
Match each anthropological field with an associated research topic.
16. biological/physical
A. hairstyles
anthropologist
B. gestures and facial expressions
C. West Nile virus
17. linguistic
D. new planet
anthropologist
E. large earthen mounds
F. hurricanes
18. cultural
G. wolf predation
anthropologist
19. archaeologist
Match each mechanism with the method of cultural change.
20. iTunes
A. acculturation
B. globalization
C. stimulus diffusion
21. pidgin
D. invention
E. revolution
22. IMF
23.
Cherokee syllabary
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C. List and describe the five design features of anthropology.
→ 5 items, 2 points each, 10 points total
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25.
26.
27.
28.
E. Short answer
List seven propositions about culture from the textbook or lesson commentary.
→ 7 items, 1 point each, 7 points total
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END OF LESSON 1 ASSESSMENT.
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