Anthropologists Quiz Practice Set 1

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Anthropology Quizzes & Trivia

Anthropologists take a broad approach to understanding the many different aspects of the human experience. They consider the past, through archaeology, to see how human groups lived hundreds or thousands of years ago and what was important to them. Take his first quiz set and see how much you know about the topic so far.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Human display ________ That is, the females and males of the species exhibit fairly marked differences in size and appearance.
    • A. 

      Physiological differences

    • B. 

      Chromosomal differences

    • C. 

      Genotypic differences

    • D. 

      Sexual dimorphism

  • 2. 
    In most societies, what is the average length of time for a mother to breast feed her child 
    • A. 

      12 months

    • B. 

      18 months

    • C. 

      24 months

    • D. 

      30 months

  • 3. 
    What percentage of societies do not allow women to participate in warfare? 
    • A. 

      87

    • B. 

      75

    • C. 

      67

    • D. 

      92

  • 4. 
    Among the Iroguois, Woman 
    • A. 

      Had a great deal of say over who the group's leaders are

    • B. 

      Participated alongside the men as warriors in battle.

    • C. 

      Had little say over how the goods they produced were distributed

    • D. 

      Lived in their husbands home

  • 5. 
    Among the Lepcha, a man was believed to become homosexual if he  ______.
    • A. 

      Engaged in intercourse with another male

    • B. 

      Ate the flesh of an uncastrated pig

    • C. 

      Did not marry

    • D. 

      Did not engage in premarital sex

  • 6. 
    One sex difference that appears very early in American children as well as children in all societies for which systematic data is available is 
    • A. 

      Greater sociability in girls

    • B. 

      Greater nurturance in boys

    • C. 

      Greater responsibility in boys

    • D. 

      Greater aggressiveness in boys

  • 7. 
    What percentage of the societies known to anthropologists includes one or more explicit economic economic transactions that take place before or after a marriage
    • A. 

      About 15

    • B. 

      About 75

    • C. 

      About 45

    • D. 

      About 25

  • 8. 
    Bride _______ is a gift of money or goods from the groom or his kin to the brides kin.
    • A. 

      Price

    • B. 

      Service

    • C. 

      Exchange

    • D. 

      Treasure

  • 9. 
    A __________ is a set or kin whose member believe themselves to be descended from a common acestor or ancestress, but the links back to that ancestor are not specified. 
    • A. 

      Kindred

    • B. 

      Moiety

    • C. 

      Lineage

    • D. 

      Clan

  • 10. 
    A long post partum sex taboo is most likely to occur 
    • A. 

      Where there are most males than females in the society

    • B. 

      In societies with a high proportion of monogamous marriages

    • C. 

      Where people depend on crops that are low in protein

    • D. 

      In egalitrin societies

  • 11. 
    Polygyny is least likely in societies 
    • A. 

      With more women than men

    • B. 

      With a long post partum sex taboo

    • C. 

      Suffering from a high male mortality rate in warfare

    • D. 

      With a balanced sex ratios

  • 12. 
    According to clifford geertz it is when faced with ignorance pain and the unjustness of life that a person explains events _________. 
    • A. 

      As capricious

    • B. 

      Based on scientific knowledge

    • C. 

      As supernatural

    • D. 

      By the intervention of the gods

  • 13. 
    Anthony Wallace distinguishes taboo from mana by pointing out that
    • A. 

      Things containing taboo can be touched

    • B. 

      Things containing taboo cannot be touched

    • C. 

      Taboo is an evil hideous force quite able to destroy all people who touch it

    • D. 

      Taboo is a premeditated form of evil

  • 14. 
    Richard antoun suggests that fundamentalist movements have the following elements in common except 
    • A. 

      The selective use of scripture to inspire and assert proof of particular certainties.

    • B. 

      The quest for purity and traditional values in what is viewed as an impure world

    • C. 

      The active opposition to what is viewed as a permissive secular society

    • D. 

      A nation state that combines religion and the state

  • 15. 
    For anthropologists the term mana refers to 
    • A. 

      A supernatural force residing in some people and objects

    • B. 

      Polluting and dangerous qualities that reside in certain activities such as menstruation

    • C. 

      The souls of livings things as they are exhibited in dreams trances and apparitions of the dead

    • D. 

      Food given by gods to humans

  • 16. 
    People are most likely to believe their acestors play an active role in their lives in societies 
    • A. 

      Where many people live to an extremely old ago

    • B. 

      Where mortality rates are high

    • C. 

      With a pastoral or food collecting economy and nuclear family households

    • D. 

      Where descent groups are important decision making groups

  • 17. 
    In which kinds of societys are gods most likely to be viewed as aggressive and malevolent
    • A. 

      Societies with external war

    • B. 

      Societies with hunting and gathering technologies

    • C. 

      Societies with punitive or hurtful child rearing practices

    • D. 

      Societies with nuclear family households

  • 18. 
    In the ranked society of palau the gods 
    • A. 

      Are associated with different clans and are ranked like clans

    • B. 

      Have little to do with human actions

    • C. 

      Are not thought to be permanent but may die and be born again just like the clans

    • D. 

      Are all considered of equal power

  • 19. 
    The third principle of natural selection is _________.
    • A. 

      Biodiversity and heritability

    • B. 

      Natural selection

    • C. 

      Particular environment

    • D. 

      Differential reproductive success

  • 20. 
    If we think of the history of the universe in terms of 12 months the history human like primates would have taken up 
    • A. 

      Only about one half hour

    • B. 

      Only about three and a half hours

    • C. 

      Only about two and a half hours

    • D. 

      Only about one and a half hours

  • 21. 
    The concept of  __________ suggested that the earth is constantly subject to shaping and reshaping by natural forces working over vast stretches of time. 
    • A. 

      Species

    • B. 

      Rocks

    • C. 

      Geochemistry

    • D. 

      Uniformitarianism

  • 22. 
    Messenger RNA is copies from a portion of 
    • A. 

      DNA

    • B. 

      Thymine

    • C. 

      Uracil

    • D. 

      RNA

  • 23. 
    If two genes or alleles for a trait are the same the organism is 
    • A. 

      Homozygous

    • B. 

      Heterozygous

    • C. 

      An allele

    • D. 

      A genotype

  • 24. 
    The creation of viable offspring from two different species is called 
    • A. 

      Macroevolution

    • B. 

      Sociobiology

    • C. 

      Crossing over

    • D. 

      Hybridization

  • 25. 
    Many skeletal features of primates reflect an ________ existance.
    • A. 

      Agrarian

    • B. 

      Terrestrial

    • C. 

      Arboreal

    • D. 

      Pastoral

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