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Cultural Anthropology 101

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Civilization, as defined by anthropologists, means:
how “cultured” a population is.
any successful society.
a self-contained group with no necessity for trade.
(D)***a society with advanced agriculture, craft specialization, and urbanism.

2. If a society has only one type of religious practitioner, this is most likely to be a:
(A)*** priest.

3. A “hope chest” is a form of:

4. Class stratification is most characteristic of:
(D)*** ranked societies.

5. A dowry is:
when, upon marriage, the bride works for the groom’s family
when, upon marriage, the groom gives wealth to the bride’s family
when, upon marriage, the groom works for the bride’s family
(D)***when, upon marriage, the bride’s family gives the bride wealth

6. The responses of indigenous peoples to Western colonization included:
happiness that they would be cared for.
cultural disintegration.
feeling of security.
(d)***relief that their culture would become developed like the West.

7. The American class system:
is a closed system.
(b)*** is an open system.
is mostly endogamous.
is an illusion, because there are no classes.

8. In chiefdoms, the bureaucracy is integral to its political workings.

9. Caste systems are most common in societies:
that were previously ranked.
that have a tradition of slavery.
(c)*** that have a great deal of occupational specialization.
that have monetary systems.

10. Systems of slavery:
have a lot in common with class and caste systems.
are rare among modern civilizations.
is an achieved social status.
(d)***is an ascribed social status.

  • Cultural Anthropology 101 -

    I agree with your answers, except for # 6.

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    #6 IS B

  • Cultural Anthropology 101 -

    Yes. 6 is B.

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    MS.Sue I am confused on my answer 4 i know i marked d but in the book it seems misleading because it talks about the States are at the extreme end of the social inequality continuum; they are highly stratified. A society is perceived as stratified if (a) there are marked inequalities in access to wealth, power, and prestige; (b) this inequality is based on unequal access to productive resources, including land and tools; and (c) a limited number of people control access to the resources. Thus, access to the highest ranks is closed to those who lack the proper genealogical relationships with the elite or nobility. well can u please help me to understand # 4 better.

  • Cultural Anthropology 101 -

    you answers seem to be correct but your number +2B {is shaman} +4A {is states} and hope this helps along with what Ms.Sue has told you.

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    Thanks Taylor and Ms.Sue

  • Cultural Anthropology 101 -

    If the book is talking about the States as the United States, then I think the U.S. is less stratified than most other societies. Genealogy has very little to do with most people in the U.S. We have a strong middle class with relatively few people at the extremes. Many of our presidents, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were sons of single mothers and were raised in modest circumstances.

    Please note that in many online classes, textbooks are inferior and the questions are misleading and sometimes wrong.

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