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In this assignment you will review the most common changes in status that people pass through during their lifetimes.

You will learn how rites of passage aid people through the life cycle.

You will learn about the diversity of ways in which pregnancy is understood and childbirth occurs.

You will come to understand the reasons for cultural differences in courtship, marriage, parenthood, divorce, and old age.

You will also learn about the diverse ways in which social stability is maintained when individual members die.

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Chapter 9: Cultural Anthropology Life Cycle
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Sample Questions from the Chapter 9: Cultural Anthropology Life Cycle Assignment

Question: Rites of passage are typically practiced in the cultures of the world on which of the following occasions?


during major social upheaval

in preparation for war

during changes in social status that are experienced by all members of society

during times of particular importance to an individual

Question: Which of the following best summarizes the views of Leach about the pregnancy beliefs of the Tully River people?


They were truly unaware that sex causes pregnancy.

They were straightforward descriptions of what they observed.

Their comprehension of conception has no parallels in Western cultures.

They were a way of emphasizing the important social bonds in their society.

Question: the process by which one subjectively prepares for impending biological death


life cycle

rite of passage

pregnancy rituals



naming ceremony

puberty ritual



sleep crawling



biological death

psychological death

social death

funeral ritual

Question: High social rank is LEAST likely to be associated with old age where:


the married couple are economically independent from other relatives.

post-marital residence rules require a couple to live near one spouse’s parents.

older people live with related married couples

descent is traced through only one of the parents rather than through both. 11. Which of the following is NOT true of funeral rituals?

They encourage the survivors to adjust to the absence of the deceased.

They provide a setting in which issues of property rights are settled.

They pass on the statuses of the deceased to new persons.

They usually have little emphasis on religious ritual symbolism.

Question: According to research by Cohen, puberty rituals are LEAST common in which of the following societies?


Those with extended families.

Those with nuclear families.

Those in which children have to be trained to play an interdependent, cooperative role with other family members.

Those with lineages or clans.

Question: Divorce is most likely where:


bride price is customary.

dowry is customary.

it is customary for the couple to live in an extended family.

income is unrelated to kinship ties and neolocal residence is practiced.

Question: Which of the following is NOT a social function that rites of passage play?


They help maintain stability and order in society.

They give individuals the opportunity to create new roles for themselves that are not already available in their society.

They are symbolic dramatizations during crisis events in an individual’s life.

They help the individual recognize the importance of adopting new habits in his or her new social role.

Question: According to Brown, female puberty rituals are common where:


women are politically dominant.

married couples establish their residence near the wife’s relatives.

women engage in heavy labor.

women’s associations cooperate in work activities.

Question: Which of the following defines life cycle?


a person’s daily activities

the yearly cycle of events that a person experiences

the social problems that recur in any society

the changes in social status that a member of society passes through during his or her lifetime

Question: Restrictiveness regarding sexual experimentation before adulthood is likely where:


control of property is unimportant.

male solidarity is economically or politically important.

class distinctions or differences in wealth are unimportant.

parents have little interest in the future marriage plans of their children.

Question: What best defines the naming ceremony in cultures throughout the world?


purification of the child by symbolic washing


symbolic induction into human society

ritual socialization of the infant

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Source:  Prof. Richley Crapo, Cultural Anthropology. (Utah State University), (Accessed 28 Mar, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
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