Boas or Benedict? Morgan or Mead? Take the cultural anthropologist quiz!
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Question 1 of 20
What type of anthropology was Clifford Geertz famous for?
... Geertz researched much in the field of symbolic anthropology -- analyzing culture by interpreting the meaning behind objects, behaviors and actions.
Question 2 of 20
Eric Wolf studied communities made up of what type of people?
... Wolf spent much of his time researching peasant communities in Puerto Rico, Mexico and throughout Europe.
Question 3 of 20
Who was Marcel Mauss's uncle?
... Emile Durkheim was a prominent sociologist who worked closely with his nephew on many research projects.
Question 4 of 20
Where did Claude Levi-Strauss grow up?
... Levi-Strauss grew up in France, though he temporarily moved to Brazil in order to teach there and eventually conduct research in the area.
Question 5 of 20
Besides anthropology, what other career did Lewis Henry Morgan have?
... Before Morgan turned his attention to the field of anthropology, he had a successful law practice.
Question 6 of 20
What term did Clifford Geertz use when referring to his research?
... Geertz used the term 'thick description' when describing subjects within their context and with deeper meaning than just the external.
Question 7 of 20
Who was Ruth Benedict's mentor at Columbia University?
... When Ruth Benedict joined the anthropology department at Columbia University, she learned from and assisted her mentor, Franz Boas.
Question 8 of 20
What's the name of Marcel Mauss's most famous book?
... 'The Gift' aimed to explain the importance of reciprocity in cultures, and how gift exchange creates bonds, good or bad, between people.
Question 9 of 20
Where did Zora Neale Hurston spend most of her childhood?
... Hurston grew up in Florida, where she eventually began researching folklore and African-American culture. She also gathered data from others parts of the south and the Caribbean.
Question 10 of 20
Which war was Eric Wolf an outspoken opponent of?
... Beyond making anthropological discoveries, Wolf was an activist and hugely disagreed with the war in Vietnam.
Question 11 of 20
What's the name of Paul Farmer's organization?
... Partners In Health aims to provide community-based medical care and address basic needs for the world's poorest people.
Question 12 of 20
What's the name of Margaret Mead's controversial book about the Samoan children's transition into adulthood?
... Mead wrote 'Coming of Age in Samoa' after drawing the conclusion that a stressful transition into adulthood may have more to do with external, cultural factors than biological ones.
Question 13 of 20
For years, Paul Farmer has tried to provide health care for the poor communities of which country?
... After visiting Haiti as a young student and seeing the lack of medical care for its poorest citizens, Farmer was inspired to start his organization, Partners In Health.
Question 14 of 20
Who is known as the 'father of modern anthropology'?
... Franz Boas is known as the 'father of modern anthropology' for his contributions to the field and his push to study a more comprehensive form of anthropology.
Question 15 of 20
What's the name of Ruth Benedict's most famous book?
... Benedict's popular book, 'Patterns of Culture,' emphasized that looking to other, primal cultures can help us better understand ourselves and the rest of modern man.
Question 16 of 20
Claude Levi-Strauss is known as the founder of what?
... Levi-Strauss gained fame for his expansion of theories regarding the analysis of culture in a new way, called structuralism.
Question 17 of 20
What's the name of Zora Neale Hurston's most famous novel?
... Hurston used her background as an anthropologist to create rich, honest characters in her fictional works, such as in 'Their Eyes Were Watching God.'
Question 18 of 20
Which organization did Franz Boas align with to fight racial discrimination?
... Franz Boas joined forces with the NAACP in its early days to fight pseudoscientific, racist beliefs permeating areas of academia and the real world.
Question 19 of 20
What's the name of Lewis Henry Morgan's 1877 book?
... 'Ancient Society' featured some of Morgan's most famous, and controversial, theories regarding social evolution and its three stages.
Question 20 of 20
Ruth Benedict wrote an anti-racism pamphlet for which U.S. government office?
... During World War II, Benedict helped write 'The Race of Mankind' for the Office of War Information in 1943.
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