Political Organizations: Bands, Tribes, Chiefdoms & States


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What is defined as a supernatural power that gives the right to rule?

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1. Which of these in NOT true of a band?

2. What is defined as a combination of smaller kin or nonkin groups, linked by a common culture, that is usually egalitarian and acts as one?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your knowledge of bands, tribes, chiefdoms, and states with this quiz/worksheet combination. To pass the quiz, you'll need to be aware of the political and economic aspects of these structures.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Types of political structures
  • Facts about each political structure
  • Supernatural power that gives the right to rule
  • Characteristic of a state

Skills Practiced

These skills will be practiced:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related anthropology lesson
  • Information recall - access what you've learned regarding different political structures
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify key details about a band and a state

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Political Organizations: Bands, Tribes, Chiefdoms & States. Objectives covered include:

  • Understand the types of political structures
  • Define nomadic and tribe
  • Understand egalitarian societies
  • Know the function of a chiefdom
  • Understand market exchange