Chiefdom: Defining Features


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What is defined as a a political unit with a chief at its head, bringing together more than one community?

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1. Most chiefs acquire their positions through

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Chiefdoms are a very different political unit than the typical Western government system. Using this quiz and worksheet combo, you'll be tested on understanding the nature of chiefdoms, including defining terms and identifying characteristics of this governmental system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Matching terms with their definitions
  • Understanding the power structure of a chiefdom
  • Identifying characteristics of a chiefdom

Skills Practiced

This worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related anthropology lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding chiefdoms
  • Knowledge application - use what you have learned to identify the method by which most chiefs acquire their positions

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the accompanying lesson titled Chiefdom: Defining Features. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explaining the nature and purpose of a chiefdom
  • Showing the differences between the ways Western politicians are established versus chiefs
  • Demonstrating the way resources are distributed in a chiefdom
  • Explaining power structures within chiefdoms