What is Family? - Definition, Characteristics & Types


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What is considered by most social scientists to be the most basic social unit in human societies?

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1. Which of these relationships means 'related by birth'?

2. What common trait of families is illustrated by the co-residence relationship?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Families can be very nuanced, taking on a variety of characteristics. To assess your knowledge of the family and its characteristics and types, explore multiple-choice questions on this quiz and worksheet. Questions test your understanding of the conjugal family, co-residence relationship and concept of being ''related by birth.''

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to gauge your comprehension of the following:

  • Most basic social unit in human societies
  • Relationship that means ''related by birth''
  • Common trait of families that is illustrated by the co-residence relationship
  • Type of family that consists of multiple generations of family members
  • Common term in the U.S. for the conjugal family

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about a human society's most basic social unit
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the co-residence relationship and conjugal family
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a relationship that means ''related by birth''

Additional Learning

By reviewing the lesson paired with this quiz and worksheet called What is Family? - Definition, Characteristics & Types, you can discover or gain greater insight into the following:

  • Types of development that families influence
  • Function of the family
  • How humans are impacted by deep and personal relationships