Theories of Cultural Evolution: Human Stages, Historical Materialism & Neo-Malthusian


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Who asserted that all cultures move through three definite stages of progression: savagery, barbarism, and civilization?

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1. Which cultural evolution approach asserts that culture evolved due to the necessity to produce in order to survive?

2. Who is the author of historical materialism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you know about the major theories of cultural evolution, including the differences between the approaches and who proposed each theory. All questions on the quiz are in multiple-choice format.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Measure your knowledge of the following:

  • Who proposed the Savagery, Barbarism and Civilization progression
  • Which approach ties the evolution of culture to the necessity of production
  • Author of historical materialism
  • Which theory thinks overpopulation will halt cultural progression
  • Belief of a neo-Malthusian supporter

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about cultural evolution theories
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding neo-Malthusian views and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the theoretical approaches discussed in the lesson

Additional Learning

Learn more about the development of culture with our lesson called Theories of Cultural Evolution: Human Stages, Historical Materialism & Neo-Malthusian. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what cultural evolution is
  • Review the theories of Tylor, Marx and Malthus
  • Understand the concept of division of labor