Cultural Anthropology, Third Edition: Chapter 01

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Question 1:


a) approaches the mind, body, society, and environment as whole and distinct influences on the human condition
b) applies only to the study of the individual, not to society in general
c) considers human nature as the result of co-evolution
d) is a perspective on the human condition that incorporates religious elements

Question 2:


a) the study of anthropology requires that anthropologists believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution
b) it requires that anthropologists place their observations in a framework that considers change over time
c) anthropologists believe human nature is the result of co-evolution
d) anthropology studies the evolution of cultures

Question 3:


a) classifying people into different races according to their “superior” or “inferior” attributes
b) studying the indigenous peoples of the Canadian west coast
c) his commitment to the perspective of cultural relativism
d) both B and C

Question 4:


a) typically results in an ethnography
b) is the main data-collection method of cultural anthropologists
c) involves elements of reciprocity and reflexivity
d) all of the above

Question 5:


a) idealist
b) essentialist
c) materialist
d) socialist

Question 6:


a) Complex brains capable of symbolic thought and prehensile hands
b) Stereoscopic colour vision and prehensile hands
c) Bipedalism and complex brains capable of symbolic thought
d) Stereoscopic colour vision and complex brains capable of symbolic thought

Question 7:


a) Complex symbolic representation
b) Institutional development
c) Bipedalism
d) Symbolic coding

Question 8:


a) two modes of cultural transference
b) two of Potts’s five foundations of culture
c) two methods of language acquisition
d) two ways to study for an anthropology exam

Question 9:


a) anthropologists agree that it has been resolved
b) cultural anthropologists disagree with applied anthropologists
c) some anthropologists believe we should eliminate the use of both terms
d) some anthropologists want to create a single definition that encompasses both terms

Question 10:


a) biocultural organisms
b) strictly biological organisms
c) strictly cultural organisms
d) none of the above

Question 11:


a) The use of quantitative data
b) Clinical work
c) Comparative research
d) The use of surveys

Question 12:


a) race, civilized, and primitive
b) culture, adaptive, and learned
c) symbolic, shared, and patterned
d) foreign, historic, and antiquated

Question 13:


a) Etymology
b) Primatology
c) Ethnography
d) Biography

Question 14:


a) rules
b) definitions
c) perspectives
d) symbols

Question 15:


a) cost
b) size
c) context
d) colour

Question 16:


a) True
b) False

Question 17:


a) True
b) False

Question 18:


a) True
b) False

Question 19:


a) True
b) False

Question 20:


a) True
b) False

Question 21:


a) True
b) False

Question 22:


a) True
b) False

Question 23:


a) True
b) False

Question 24:


a) True
b) False

Question 25:


a) True
b) False