Economist Quiz

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Economy Quizzes & Trivia

Take this quiz and test your knowledge of Malthus, Darwin and Spencer's ideas.


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  • 1. 
    Who wrote: “Rate of Increase.—Civilised populations have been known under favourable conditions, as in the United States, to double their number in twenty-five years; and according to a calculation by Euler, this might occur in a little over twelve years.51 At the former rate the present population of the United States, namely, thirty millions, would in 657 years cover the whole terraqueous globe so thickly, that four men would have to stand on each square yard of surface.”  
    • A. 

      Thomas Malthus

    • B. 

      Charles Darwin

    • C. 

      Herbert Spencer

  • 2. 
    Who wrote: “Among plants and animals the view of the subject is simple. They are all impelled by a powerful instinct to the increase of their species; and this instinct is interrupted by no reasoning, or doubts about providing for their offspring. Wherever therefore there is liberty, the power of increase is exerted; and the superabundant effects are repressed afterwards by want of room and nourishment, which is common to animals and plants; and among animals by becoming the prey of others.”?
    • A. 

      Thomas Malthus

    • B. 

      Charles Darwin

    • C. 

      Herbert Spencer

  • 3. 
    Who wrote: “But, this survival of the fittest, implies multiplication of the fittest. Out of the fittest thus multiplied, there will be, as before, an overthrowing of the moving equilibria wherever it presents the least opposing force to the new incident force. And by the continual destruction of the individuals which are least capable of maintaining their equilibria in the presence of this incident force, there must eventually be arrived an altered type completely in equilibrium with the altered conditions”?  
    • A. 

      Thomas Malthus

    • B. 

      Charles Darwin

    • C. 

      Herbert Spencer