Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation


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What do we call the study of the interaction between environment and human traditions?

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1. What do we call the study of how living things interact with their environment?

2. An anthropologist studies a group of cultures from Central America and concludes that they're all essentially the same due to their common climate and ecosystem. Which of the following likely guided this anthropologist's thinking?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of how the environment affects different cultures. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what the study of the interaction between environment and human traditions is called as well as what ecology involves.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the definitions of:

  • Study of interaction between human traditions and the environment
  • How living things adapt to their environment
  • Notion that the environment determines how cultures develop

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge you've gained regarding the role of environment on culture
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related cultural ecology lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as environmental determinism

Additional Learning

To learn more about the interplay of environment on culture, review the corresponding lesson on Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know what cultural geography examines
  • Understand the two main approaches to cultural geography
  • Appreciate the characteristics of environmental determinism and environmental possibilism
  • Explain cultural ecology's role in understanding how cultures react to their environment