Cultural Assimilation & Extinction: Definition & Examples


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The transmission of ideas and culture across traditional borders is called:

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1. The process by which a minority culture chooses to give up its own identity and replace it with the identity of a major culture is called:

2. When one culture is forcibly replaced by another to the point where the original culture no longer exists it is called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet to assess your understanding of assimilation and cultural extinction. Practice questions look at how sociologists measure assimilation and the effects of a natural disaster on a culture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the various aspects of globalization, including the following:

  • Transmission of ideas and culture across traditional borders
  • Process by which a minority culture replaces its own identity with the identity of a major culture
  • Term for the forced replacement of one culture with another

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about cultures in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast assimilation and cultural extinction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about globalization

Additional Learning

Globalization has had the effect of changing cultures across the globe. Review the lesson Cultural Assimilation & Extinction: Definition & Examples to learn more. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define socioeconomic status
  • Understand the role of spatial concentration
  • Recognize the process and impact of language assimilation