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Different cultures around the world have distinct interpretations of matriarchy. Challenge your knowledge of its nuances, politics and facts with our Matriarchal Societies Quiz.start quiz
Question 1 of 20
For what concept does the matriarchal Mosuo tribe of China not have a word?
... The Mosuo, often considered to be the last matriarchal society in the world, have no word for father. They also do not have a word for "husband," since the concept of marriage doesn't exist in their society.
Question 2 of 20
The Iroquois Nation has long been considered a matriarchal society. To what tribal position did Iroquois women appoint people?
... While the sachems of Iroquois tribes were men, women were responsible for appointing them. They also had decision-making power.
Question 3 of 20
Traditionally, what do the Navajo pass down though the female line?
... In Navajo society, property is passed down through the female line.
Question 4 of 20
What is the term used to describe a clan in which three to four generations of women live together, never moving from their clan's home.
... Matrilocality refers to the practice of women remaining in their clan's home, even after a significant life event like marriage.
Question 5 of 20
What type of economy do matriarchal societies tend to follow?
... Matriarchal societies are usually, though not exclusively, agricultural societies.
Question 6 of 20
According to the matriarchy scholar Heide Göttner-Abendroth, what is the most important thing for women in matriarchal societies control?
... Women controlled the food and the ability to produce.
Question 7 of 20
Many scholars believe this concept was the foundation of many societies we would now refer to as matriarchal.
... Many scholars believe a value inherent in various matriarchal societies was actually equality.
Question 8 of 20
In what story were the race of Amazonian women referred to as Antianeirai, which roughly translates into "women who fight like men"?
... In Homer's "Iliad," the Amazonian women are referred to as Antianeirai.
Question 9 of 20
According to archeological evidence, what role did women in the Sauromatian culture, dating from the 6th to the 4th century B.C., occupy?
... Archeological evidence shows that women were accomplished and most likely fierce warriors.
Question 10 of 20
According to ancient Greek myths, what did Heracles have to acquire from the Amazon Queen Hippolyta?
... Heracles was given the not-so-trivial task of acquiring Hippolyta's girdle.
Question 11 of 20
Athena was the ancient Greek Goddess of War. Who was the ancient Roman Goddess of War?
... Bellona was the fierce roman Goddess of War.
Question 12 of 20
The word patriarchy derives from ancient Greek. What does it translate into?
... Patriarchy is translated as "rule of our fathers."
Question 13 of 20
The Chinese matriarchal Mosuo society follow two religious traditions. The first is Dada. What is the second?
... The Mosuo follow the Tibetan Buddhist religious practices and traditions.
Question 14 of 20
The existence of a purely matriarchal society in the modern world is hotly debated. What argument is used to disqualify the Mosuo people, often called the last matriarchy on Earth?
... In Mosuo society, men are allowed to hold positions of power. This has led to the argument that they are not a true matriarchy and thus there are no matriarchies in the modern world.
Question 15 of 20
What is the definition of a matrilineal society?
... In a matrilineal society, lineage for both men and women is traced through the mother. However, this does not necessarily translate into a matriarchal society.
Question 16 of 20
What did women of the Southern India Marumakkathayam, which practiced matrilineal lineage, own?
... Women who lived in a Marumakkathayam society owned the community's land.
Question 17 of 20
The Minankabau people of Western Sumatra still consider themselves a matriarchal society. What happens during the marriage ceremony that differs from patriarchal marriage traditions?
... According to Minankabau tradition, the woman collects the male and his belongings from his home. He is escorted to his wife's home by her female family members.
Question 18 of 20
Gylany has been proposed as an alternative term for some societies. How is this term defined?
... Gylany has been proposed as a way to describe cultures that are not entirely matriarchal or patriarchal but a partnership.
Question 19 of 20
Which ancient Greek philosopher claimed women were the property of men, born to reproduce and serve their male superiors?
... Aristotle was a great philosopher, but when it came to women he was not the most forward-thinking.
Question 20 of 20
It can be said that these insects live in a matriarchy.
... The queen bee rules the hive and the worker bees are considered to be female. You make the call.
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