Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth


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Which of the following represents an example of exponential growth?

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1. Which of the following is NOT part of Thomas Malthus' predictions about excess human population growth?

2. In the 21st century, what evidence supports Thomas Malthus' predictions about human overpopulation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will familiarize you with the predictions of Thomas Malthus regarding the growth of the human population and how his predictions have come true in some areas of the world but not in others. This lesson is interactive, downloadable, and can be used at any time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be tested on:

  • Malthus' publication on population growth.
  • Identify exponential growth
  • The problems associated with exponential growth
  • Whether Thomas Malthus predictions came true
  • Commonly held beliefs about population growth before Malthus

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - Apply relevant concepts to examine information about world population growth in a different light
  • Interpreting information - Verify that you can read information regarding Malthus and his predictions on population growth and interpret it correctly.
  • Defining key concepts - Ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as exponential growth.
  • Information recall - Access the knowledge you've gained regarding the consequences of exponential population growth.

Additional Learning

To learn more about Thomas Malthus and his predictions on worldwide population growth review the accompanying lesson Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The future of human population growth
  • Early views of population growth
  • A historical view of Thomas Malthus and his theory.
  • Investigate how Malthus was correct in his predictions and things Malthus did not take into account