Herbert Spencer: Theory & Social Darwinism


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Herbert Spencer coined which phrase?

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1. In comparing society with a living organism's various systems, why would the government be considered the nervous system?

2. A city's roads and a living body's circulatory system are both examples of what kind of system?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Herbert Spencer was an important sociologist in the Victorian era. The quiz will test how well you understand his philosophies, as well as their implications.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these materials to study the following:

  • Who Herbert Spencer was
  • Why his philosophies are important
  • How his philosophies impacted other sociologists and entire societies

Skills Practiced

These materials will train you in the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding structures and functions and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Herbert Spencer
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Spencer's philosophies

Additional Learning

Check out the lesson Herbert Spencer: Theory & Social Darwinism to further your understanding of this crucial sociologist's life and philosophies. The lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Describe the time period in which Spencer was writing
  • Summarize Spencer's philosophies
  • Explain how Spencer influenced political and social dogma
  • Provide a brief biographical sketch of Herbert Spencer